17th Annual Hawke Lecture

Delivered by Professor Hugh White AO, Strategic Studies,
Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University

Podcast now available HERE 

A century ago Australia was caught up in an immense and incomprehensible war that changed our country for ever.  Looking inwards, we think a lot about what the war taught us about ourselves. We spend less time looking outwards, asking what it can teach us about the world we live in, our place in that world, and the choices we face today in the Asian Century.  These questions are important, because the risks and challenges we face today are not so very different from those of a century ago.

Hugh White is Professor of Strategic Studies in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University.  He studies Australian strategic and defence policy, and the regional and global security issues affecting Australia.  He has been an intelligence analyst, a journalist, a senior staffer to Kim Beazley and Bob Hawke, a senior official in the Defence Department, and the first Director of ASPI, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.  His recent publications include the Quarterly Essay Power Shift: Australia's future between Washington and Beijing and The China Choice: Why America should share power.

Professor White was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia in June 2014 for distinguished service to international affairs, through strategic defence studies as an analyst, academic and adviser to government, and to public administration.

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Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, AC, AFC (Ret'd) was unable to present this Lecture due to his involvement in the Prime Minister's Special Envoy to Ukraine.  Our heartfelt thoughts travel with Angus and the Special Envoy. 
Please find attached a press release from his office


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Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre as part of the Annual Hawke Lecture series. 

Anzac departing


8 July 1916, Troops on board HMAT Ajana

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