Hugh White


Hugh White
Hugh White is a professor of strategic studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University.



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Rethinking Indonesia

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Australia needs a new perspective on its northern neighbour

The ANZAC Ethos and the Justification for War. Hugh White (audio)

blog

At his thoughtful and thought-provoking best, academic, intellectual and author Hugh White addresses the Thinking For Yourself conference (La Trobe, February 2013) about the national mythology about war. Each time Australia goes to war, we should ask …

Julia Gillard visiting the Forbidden City, Beijing, April 2011. © David Foote/Commonwealth of Australia

White-papering the Cracks

Julia Gillard

A blueprint for the Asian Century?

A ceremonial sunset aboard the HMAS 'Manoora' off Vanuatu in 2006. © Commonwealth of Australia

A Middling Power: Why Australia’s defence is all at sea

Australian Defence Force

In trying to explain the purpose of our armed forces, defence ministers often fall back on that plangent phrase “the defence of Australia”. In a recent speech to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), Defence Minister Stephen Smith …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Summit season

Politics

Julia Gillard, foreign policy and the summit season

Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan addresses the nation about the worsening situation at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, 25 March 2011. © Tomohiro/Bloomberg/Getty Images

The foundering miracle

Politics

Reflections on Japan

Stanley Melbourne Bruce in the early days of his prime ministership, c. 1923. © Newspix/News Limited

Balancing acts

Culture

David Lee’s ‘Stanley Melbourne Bruce’ and David Bird’s ‘JA Lyons’

'Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Battle for Supremacy in the 21st Century' By Robert D Kaplan, Black Inc., 384pp; $34.95

‘Monsoon’ by Robert D Kaplan

Culture

Monsoon melds two very different books into one. One book is a geopolitical treatise, conceived on a grand oceanic scale. It argues that global power shifts mean the Indian Ocean is becoming again the fulcrum of world power and will be the main …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

The Defence Minister

Politics

It seems so unfair. Stephen Smith is one of the nicest people in politics. What did he do to deserve defence? Consider the record: in the past 40 years, 17 men (yes, all men) have served in the job he now holds. Few of them left it with their reputations …

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