Without America: Australia in the new Asia

Hugh White on his Quarterly Essay



29 November 2017


Law Lounge, New Law Building Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney


Public forum


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In his latest contribution to the Quarterly Essay, Hugh White shows that the contest between America and China is classic power politics of the harshest kind. He argues that we are heading for an unprecedented future, one without an English-speaking great and powerful friend to keep us secure and protect our interests. White sketches what the new Asia will look like, and how China could use its power.

Hugh White was in conversation with the Centre’s Acting Director, Foreign Policy, Defence and Strategy Ashley Townshend and moderator Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown. They examined developments in America’s Asia policy and US-China relations, and discussed the implications for Australia and other regional allies.


  • Professor Hugh White, AO
    Professor Hugh White, AO
    Professor of Strategic Studies, Australian National University

    Hugh White AO was a visitor at the US Studies Centre in 2011 and 2014. White is Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. His 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.

  • Ashley Townshend
    Ashley Townshend
    Non-Resident Senior Fellow, United States Studies Centre

    Ashley Townshend is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre and Senior Fellow for Indo-Pacific Security at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the founding co-chair of the annual US-Australia Indo-Pacific Deterrence Dialogue and was the Director of Foreign Policy and Defence at the United States Studies Centre from June 2017 to June 2022.

  • James Brown
    James Brown
    CEO, Space Industry Association of Australia

    James Brown is CEO of the Space Industry Association of Australia. He was previously a Non-Resident Fellow at the United States Studies Centre.

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