Hugh White

Hugh White
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Hugh White is Professor of Strategic Studies in the School of International, Political & Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. He is a regular columnist for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. From 2001 to 2004 Professor White was the first Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). Before that he had served as an intelligence analyst with the Office of National Assessments, as a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald, as a senior adviser on the staffs of Defence Minister Kim Beazley and Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and as a senior official in the Department of Defence, where from 1995 to 2000 he was Deputy Secretary for Strategy and Intelligence.

Taiwan: Biden risks talking himself into a war he cannot win
Taiwan: Biden risks talking himself into a war he cannot win
The military balance is shifting China’s way, and half-abandoning a policy of strategic ambiguity won’t change that.
SSN vs SSK
SSN vs SSK
Time on station or a numbers game? The answer depends on the mission for Australia’s submarine fleet.
Australia’s seaborne trade: Essential but undefendable
Australia’s seaborne trade: Essential but undefendable
Recognising the limits to Australia’s military potential.
China threatens the West’s primacy, not its democratic systems
China threatens the West’s primacy, not its democratic systems
Cold War tropes misrepresent Beijing’s challenge, and exaggerate its material and ideological power.
COVIDcast: Hugh White on Coronavirus and Asia’s power balance
COVIDcast: Hugh White on Coronavirus and Asia’s power balance
The latest episode in a podcast to discuss the implications of coronavirus for Australia, the region and the world.
Clear messages required in Twitter-age of diplomacy
Clear messages required in Twitter-age of diplomacy
A distinction as a point of law might not work as practical diplomacy.
How Australia can help avoid a disastrous Korean war
How Australia can help avoid a disastrous Korean war
Australia should say publicly that it will take no part in any pre-emptive US strike on North Korea.
What the US would need to deter China
What the US would need to deter China
China's leaders would very reluctantly back down if they were truly convinced that the alternative was war with America. But how would the US convince them of that?
 Let’s be clear: China would call America’s bluff in the South China Sea
Let’s be clear: China would call America’s bluff in the South China Sea
Beijing is not just trying to take control of an important body of water. It is trying to take control of East Asia and hopes to use the South China Sea dispute to do that.
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