The ANU Strategic & Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) is Australia’s oldest, largest and highest ranking academic institute for strategic studies research, education and commentary. Our focus is on understanding the complexity of Asia’s strategic environment, Australia’s place in it, and the utility and application of armed force in international affairs.
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Five years ago, Hugh White lobbed a grenade into Australia’s debate about the world with his Quarterly Essay ‘Power Shift’. His subsequent book ‘The China Choice’ and the often strong reactions to it have helped set the terms for how Australians — and increasingly many around the world — think and talk about the big strategic changes in Asia.
With an Asia transformed by the rise of China and India, and a world preoccupied with security issues, the current century has been defined by global strategic challenges. At the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, you can acquire the analytical frameworks you need to understand the complexity of this contemporary strategic environment, and Australia's place in it.