Hugh White
Hugh White

Hugh White is the author of The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power and Quarterly Essay 39, Power Shift: Australia’s Future between Washington and Beijing.

He is a professor of strategic studies at ANU and a visiting fellow at the Lowy Institute. He has been an intelligence analyst with the Office of National Assessments, a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald, a senior adviser to Defence Minister Kim Beazley and Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and a senior official in the Department of Defence, where from 1995 to 2000 he was deputy secretary for strategy and intelligence and a co-author of Australia’s Defence White Paper 2000.

As a contributor

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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?