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

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.

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.

Photo by AFP.

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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