Emeritus Professor Hugh White AO. Photo courtesy of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.

Emeritus Professor Hugh White AO. Photo courtesy of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.

How to defend Australia

Q&A: Emeritus Professor Hugh White AO

Australia’s defence policy has always been a tight focus for Emeritus Professor Hugh White AO, although he has approached it from many different angles during his diverse career as an intelligence analyst, journalist, ministerial staffer, senior public servant, think-tanker and academic. He spoke to Olivia Wenholz.

You’re about to complete a book that is the culmination of years of work, and most of your career trajectory, How to Defend Australia. What’s it about?