Five years ago, Hugh White lobbed a grenade into Australia's debate about the world with his Quarterly Essay 'Power Shift'. His subsequent book 'The China Choice' and the often strong reactions to it have helped set the terms for how Australians 'and increasingly many around the world' think and talk about the big strategic changes in Asia. In this special 'In Conversation' event, Professor White talks to Fairfax's former China correspondent, John Garnaut. The evening will look back at the five years since Power Shift was released, and explore how the debate in Australia and globally has changed and evolved in its wake. The conversation will look at what White got right, what he got wrong, and how he sees the region changing today.
About the speakers:
Hugh White is Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. His work focuses primarily on Australian strategic and defence policy, Asia-Pacific security issues, and global strategic affairs especially as they influence Australia and the Asia-Pacific. He has 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, and as the first Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). In the 1970s he studied philosophy at Melbourne and Oxford Universities.
John Garnaut is Fairfax Media's Asia Pacific editor. Most recently he was China correspondent. John graduated in law and arts from Monash University and worked for three years as a commercial lawyer at Melbourne firm Hall & Wilcox before joining the Sydney Morning Herald as a cadet in 2002. He became the Economics Correspondent in the Canberra press gallery and in 2007 was posted to Beijing.
Listen to Hugh White here