Hugh White

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

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Lines in the sand


The US and China’s struggle for power in Asia

Indonesia on the brink of change


Elizabeth Pisani’s ‘Indonesia Etc.’ and Hamish McDonald’s ‘Demokrasi’

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Rethinking Indonesia


Australia needs a new perspective on its northern neighbour

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


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


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


Reflections on Japan

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

Balancing acts


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