Hugh White AO

Career highlights

1985-1991 Senior Adviser to Defence Minister and Prime Minister; 1995-2000 Deputy Secretary for Strategy, Department of Defence; 2001-2004 Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute

HMAS Brisbane cruising with USN destroyer John S. McCain.

Principle of self-reliance more important now than it has ever been

Relying on our allies to keep us safe is unwise, so Marise Payne's white paper needs to set out a plan to bolster our own defences.

China building an artificial island in the South China Sea - Fiery Cross Reef.

China's island-building project a bid for power, not popularity

Malcolm Turnbull has often said China's assertive actions in the South China Sea are "counterproductive", because they scare its south-east Asian neighbours.

Taipei at night.

Taiwan's election result could push US and China closer to conflict

With tensions over Taiwan rising, Australia might have to ask itself a tough question.

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (centre L) and his wife Chow Mei-ching (centre R) during a National Day ceremony in front of the presidential palace in Taipei on October 10, 2015. Image by AFP.

Taiwan's election result could push US and China closer to conflict

With tensions over Taiwan rising, Australia might have to ask itself a tough question, writes Hugh White.

Photo: Jack Fox

Australian foreign policy in the spotlight

Innovative panel brings together ANU specialists on foreign policy, security, the environment and more.

Marise Payne is sworn in by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove. Image by AFP.

Defence white paper: bin it and start again

The defence portfolio is a tough assignment and Marise Payne takes it on at an especially difficult time, writes HUGH WHITE.

Australia-Indonesia relations: More than just management

Professor Hugh White discusses Australia’s turbulent relationship with Indonesia.

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Tony Abbott and his preoccupation with national security

National security has become the Prime Minister's only topic of conversation, and there is peril in that, writes HUGH WHITE.

A B-1B flying over the Pacific Ocean. Image by Wikipedia.

B-1 bombers brouhaha: minor disrupt, big rift

In a showdown with China, Obama would face a humiliating back down or an unwinnable war. Does Abbott want to be part of that?

Senior leader of the Communist Party of China Wang Qishan and US President Barack Obama. Photo by wikimedia

China's slam dunk

China has not just overtaken the US economy, but will soon leave it far behind, writes HUGH WHITE

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