Professor Hugh White

Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
School of International, Political and Strategic Studies
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Hugh White AO is Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. Hugh's 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 been an intelligence analyst, journalist, ministerial adviser, departmental official, think tanker and academic. In the 1990s he served as International Relations Adviser to Prime Minister Bob Hawke and as Deputy Secretary of Defence for Strategy and Intelligence. Hugh was the principal author of Australia's 2000 Defence White Paper. He was the first Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

His recent publications include Power Shift: Australia's Future between Washington and Beijing and The China Choice: Why America should share power. The China Choice has also been published in Chinese and Japanese.

Key interests:

Australian strategic and defence policy, Defence, Public Policy - Foreign, Public Policy - Security

My news stories

ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann, Professor Gareth Evans and Professor Hugh White. Image: Jack Fox.
24 August 2016
A leading Australian defence scholar has urged the Australian Government to act as a peacemaker to help avoid a looming conflict...
Image: Stuart Hay, ANU.
21 June 2016
The Crawford Australian Leadership Forum has discussed how to manage tensions and prevent conflict in North East Asia at a time...
Professor Hugh White says new Defence Minister Marise Payne is well qualified for the job. Image: Defence Images, Flickr.
30 September 2015
The defence portfolio is a tough assignment and Marise Payne takes it on at an especially difficult time. Marise Payne is as...
Professor Hugh White says Australians should remember the context of Gallipoli. Image: Bermagui ANZAC, Flickr.
22 April 2015
It was the first occasion that a demonstratively Australian formation was involved in an operation that scale and intensity....