How to Defend Australia by Hugh White

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September 2019, no. 414
Chengxin Pan reviews 'How to Defend Australia' by Hugh White

How to Defend Australia

by Hugh White

La Trobe University Press, $34.99 pb, 318 pp, 9781860640996

How to Defend Australia by Hugh White

Reviewed by
September 2019, no. 414

Barely a decade ago, Australia was in the middle of much excitement about the Asian Century. Today, those heady days seem a distant memory. A growing number of pundits see the north as troubled by dangerous flashpoints and great power rivalries. On top of that is an America apparently in strategic retreat from the region, further aggravating Canberra’s long-held fear of abandonment by its great and powerful friends.

No wonder debating Australia’s defence has lately become a booming cottage industry. The 2018 issue of Australian Foreign Affairs on ‘Defending Australia’ warns of the ‘collapse of Australia’s defences in a contested Asia’. At home, we are told that China, the fast-expanding Asian power, is busy engaging in a ‘silent invasion’.

Chengxin Pan reviews 'How to Defend Australia' by Hugh White

How to Defend Australia

by Hugh White

La Trobe University Press, $34.99 pb, 318 pp, 9781860640996

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