La Trobe Asia hybrid event – Sleepwalk to War

La Trobe Asia hybrid event – Sleepwalk to War

Thursday, 30 June 5:30 p.m. 

Level 3, Room 3.04, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne (La Trobe University's City Campus) and ONLINE
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Australia has a strong alliance with America, one that has remained unwavering through changes of leadership and turbulent international developments. While agreements such as AUKUS and the Quad have strengthened our position in the region, it has come at the cost of relations with other states in the region and could in the future draw us into conflict.

Where does this leave our future security and prosperity in Asia? Is there a better way to navigate the disruption caused by China’s rise?

A Melbourne event to discuss Sleepwalk to War, a new Quarterly Essay by Hugh White.


  • Professor Hugh White, AO FASSA is an Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of the Australian National University
  • Dr Emma Shortis, an historian who focuses on US and global environmental politics at RMIT
  • Professor Andrew O’Neil, Acting Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School, Griffith University


Associate Professor Bec Strating, Director, La Trobe Asia

This panel will be in-person but will be streamed via zoom for participants who do not wish to attend in-person.