Editor of POLICY
Sue Windybank has been Editor of the Centre for Independent Studies’ quarterly journal, Policy, since the Autumn 2016 issue. She previously edited the journal from 2000 to 2004.
With a masters degree in international studies, Sue then became director of the Centre’s inaugural foreign policy research program. Her first major report – Papua New Guinea on the Brink (co-authored with the late Mike Manning) – is still sometimes cited today. She has published widely on PNG and the Pacific and Chinese strategy in the Southwest Pacific as well as globalisation and the rule of law in Pacific island countries and ‘new’ and ‘old’ security issues in the broader Asia Pacific region.
Sue left the Centre in 2008 and taught for several years at Sydney University on geopolitics and current global issues as well as giving guest lectures on Russian literature and geopolitics and state failure in the South Pacific.
She now has her own freelance editing business and became an accredited editor with the Institute for Professional Editors in 2011. Over the years, she has worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from corporate training manuals for Indian call centres to a vegan cookbook/philosophical treatise with well over 1000 endnotes.
Between Two Worlds. Australian Foreign Policy Responses to New and Old Security Dilemmas 23 October 2005 | OP97Australian foreign policy is entering an era of complexity and strategic uncertainty. Globalisation has spawned the rise of new threats in the form of transnational crime syndicates smuggling drugs, people and weapons together with transnational terrorists specialising in asymmetric warfare. …READ MORE
Media & Commentary
Pushback on China 02 March 2018 | Ideas@TheCentreLast November, Australian academic Clive Hamilton made headlines around the world when news broke that publisher Allen & Unwin had dropped publication of his book on Chinese Communist Party influence in Australia. The publishers cited fears of ‘possible action’ from…read more
We need to talk about China 24 November 2017 | Ideas@TheCentreAllen & Unwin’s recent decision to drop Clive Hamilton’s book on Chinese Communist Party influence in Australia — citing fears of ‘possible action’ from Beijing — may be a publishing first. Other publishers – such as Springer Nature and Cambridge…read more
What’s in a (neoliberal) name? 27 October 2017 | Ideas@TheCentreMedia commentators both here and overseas have been falling over themselves recently in a race to administer the last rites to ‘neoliberalism’. Yet the term has become utterly devoid of meaning — a catch-all bogeyman for every apparent or real…read more
Papua New Guinea on the Brink 12 March 2003 | IA30Papua New Guinea (PNG) shows every sign of following its Melanesian neighbour, the Solomon Islands, down the path to economic paralysis, government collapse and social despair. • For most of PNG’s five million people, living conditions have barely improved since independence. Windfall mining revenues and generous levels of aid have…READ MORE