After American Primacy: Imagining the future of Australia's defence

Event details

SDSC Book Launch

Date & time

Thursday 11 April 2019


Hedley Bull Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre (130), Garran Road, ANU Canberra


Emeritus Professor Hugh White AO


Sophie Riedel

Australian defence policy sits at a crossroads. For over seventy years the ‘Lucky Country’s’ strategic position had been anchored by the US-led international order that has been in place since the ending of the Second World War. But that order is now under strain due to a confluence of forces, including US President Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ policies, increasingly assertive authoritarian regimes in China and Russia, and the rise of new powers —such as India and Indonesia—as more powerful international players.

In this new era, beset with rapid strategic and technological change underpinned by increasing major power jostling in a more multipolar Indo-Pacific, what does the future hold for this region and for Australia’s defence policy?

After American Primacy brings together leading experts to examine the future of Australian defence policy after American primacy, plotting possible, probable and preferable strategic futures for a country that faces unprecedented strategic challenges.

Join us for the ANU launch of After American Primacy to hear from the book’s editors and contributors, with a special introduction from Emeritus Professor Hugh White AO.

Speaker: Emeritus Professor Hugh White AO

Chair: Professor Toni Erskine, Director, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs

Editors: Peter J. Dean, Stephan Frühling and Brendan Taylor.

Chapter authors include: Danielle Chubb (Deakin University), Ian McAllister (ANU), Richard Brabin-Smith (ANU), Rod Lyon (ASPI), John Lee (former Ministerial advisor to the Hon Julie Bishop MP), William Tow (ANU), Nick Bisley (La Trobe), Kim Beazley (Governor of Western Australia and Former Deputy Prime Minister), Andrew Carr (ANU), Christopher Roberts (Formerly UC and UNSW ADFA), Robert Ayson (Victoria University, NZ) and Sarah Percy (University of Queensland).

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