Dr Andrew Carr interviews Professor Rob Ayson about his new book 'Hedley Bull and the Accommodation of Power'. Hedley Bull was one of Australia's foremost scholars, making landmark contributions in the fields of arms control, nuclear strategy, world order and International relations theory. Bull's legacy is however a contested one. In this interview, Ayson discusses what drew him to write about Hedley, how to think about the wide range of contributions he made, Hedley's charming, though sometimes abrasive personality and the importance of Hedley's work for understanding the contemporary Asia-Pacific.
Robert Ayson is Professor of Strategic Studies and directs the Centre for Strategic Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington.