Hugh White
Hugh White

Professor Hugh White AO is Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University in Canberra.  He spent much of his career in the Australian Government, including as International Relations Advisor to Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Deputy Secretary for Strategy in the Department of Defence. Subsequently he was the founding Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and from 2004 to 2011 he was Head of ANU’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. His major publications include Quarterly Essay 39, Power Shift: Australia’s Future between Washington and Beijing, The China Choice: Why America should share power, Quarterly Essay 68, Without America: Australia’s future in the New Asia and How to defend Australia. In the 1970s he studied philosophy at The University of Oxford and The University of Melbourne.

As a contributor

The AUKUS Delusion

The latest issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines Australia’s momentous decision to form a security pact with the United States and the United Kingdom that includes an ambitious, expensive and risky plan to acquire nuclear-power submarines – a move that will have far-reaching military and strategic consequences.

Dead in the water looks at whether the AUKUS deal will enhance or undermine Australia’s security as tensions between China and the US rise, at the impact on Australia’s ties with its regional neighbours, and at whether the submarines plan is likely to ever be achieved.

Essays include: 

  • Hugh White examines whether Australia needs nuclear-powered submarines and whether the AUKUS plan will deliver them.
  • Susannah Patton looks at the lessons for Australia from the region’s responses to AUKUS.
  • Elizabeth Buchanan explores how Australia could use its valuable geography to enhance ties with AUKUS allies and other partners.
  • Andrew Davies weighs the benefits of nuclear-powered submarines against the costs of acquiring and maintaining them.
  • Hervé Lemahieu proposes that Australia pursue a common travel area and an integrated digital market with the Pacific.
  • Jack Corbett considers Solomon Islands’ economic options in an era of great power rivalry
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Rivalry in the Pacific

The latest issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines Australia’s struggle to retain influence among its Pacific island neighbours as foreign powers play a greater role and as small nations brace for the impacts of climate change. 

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Can We Be Friends?

Australian Foreign Affairs is published three times a year and seeks to explore – and encourage – debate on Australia’s place in the world and global outlook.

Correspondence by Hugh White

Extracts by Hugh White

Why Australia needs to pin its hopes (not fears) on a great and powerful Indonesia
Defending Australia as China looks south
Can Australia depend on its neighbours?