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
Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to London last month was more than just a classic display of post-imperial pomp.
Relying on our allies to keep us safe is unwise, so Marise Payne's white paper needs to set out a plan to bolster our own defences.
Malcolm Turnbull has often said China's assertive actions in the South China Sea are "counterproductive", because they scare its south-east Asian neighbours.
With tensions over Taiwan rising, Australia might have to ask itself a tough question.
With tensions over Taiwan rising, Australia might have to ask itself a tough question, writes Hugh White.
The defence portfolio is a tough assignment and Marise Payne takes it on at an especially difficult time, writes HUGH WHITE.
Professor Hugh White discusses Australia’s turbulent relationship with Indonesia.
National security has become the Prime Minister's only topic of conversation, and there is peril in that, writes HUGH WHITE.
In a showdown with China, Obama would face a humiliating back down or an unwinnable war. Does Abbott want to be part of that?
China has not just overtaken the US economy, but will soon leave it far behind, writes HUGH WHITE