The ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) presents a Public Lecture Series to stimulate public discussion on major challenges relating to Australia’s strategic and defence policy and to contribute to the vital national conversation about Australia’s future in the Indo-Pacific.
Lectures will be held monthly with the inaugural lecture presented by Professor Brendan Sargeant, Head of SDSC. Other forthcoming lectures will be announced in the coming weeks.
Inaugural Lecture: Challenges to Australia’s Strategic Imagination
Professor Hugh White’s latest book How to Defend Australia has raised some challenging questions. One of them is whether there could be circumstances under which Australia might in future think about getting nuclear weapons. This clearly raises many grave issues - above all strategic and moral issues. In this 2019 John Gee Memorial Lecture, Professor White explores these questions further, in the light of the debate which his book has provoked.