December 2, 2010: Mr. Hugh White

(Click to enlarge) From left to right, Mr. White and Dr. Satu Limaye discuss the US response to a rising China.

Power Shift: Australia's Future between Washington and Beijing


(Washington, DC) Professor Hugh White's recent Quarterly Essay, Power Shift: Australia's future between Washington and Beijing looks at Australia's strategic choices in the Asian Century. However, in this lecture, he explored how the United States has responded to China's rise and what foreign policy options lie ahead for the US government. He believes that as China's power grows, Asia is being transformed, and the United States’ role in Asia will have to change as well. Professor White also explored how a power shift might affect the US-Australian alliance.

This event was co-sponsored with The Australian National University as well as the Georgetown University Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies.

Hugh White is Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University and a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. His work focuses primarily on Australian strategic and defense policy, Asia-Pacific strategic issues, and global strategic affairs as they affect Australia. He has worked on these issues for almost thirty years, as an intelligence analyst with the Office of National Assessments, as a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald, as a personal adviser to Defence Minister Kim Beazley and Prime Minister Bob Hawke, as a senior public servant, and as a policy scholar and academic. From 1995 to 2000, he was Deputy Secretary for Strategy and Intelligence in the Department of Defence, and was the principal author of the 2000 Defence White Paper. From 2001-2004 he was the first Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). In the 1970s he studied philosophy at Melbourne and Oxford Universities.