Susan Windybank

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.


Featured Publication

  • Between Two Worlds. Australian Foreign Policy Responses to New and Old Security Dilemmas 23 October 2005 | OP97
    Australian 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. …...
    Australian 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. …
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Media & Commentary

  • The tragedy of Zimbabwe 13 October 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Zimbabwe goes to the polls next year with political in-fighting over who will succeed aging despot Robert Mugabe adding to the problems of an economy in freefall (again) and increasing hardship among ordinary people. These factors are now combining to…
    Zimbabwe goes to the polls next year with political in-fighting over who will succeed aging despot Robert Mugabe adding to the problems of an economy in freefall (again) and increasing hardship among ordinary people. These factors are now combining to…
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  • Towards a circuit-breaker on welfare reform 22 September 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    In a recent post for the Foundation for Economic Freedom, US ethics professor Richard Ebeling revisits the vital role that voluntary associations once played in the United States in providing assistance for those who needed a ‘helping hand’. In Australia,…
    In a recent post for the Foundation for Economic Freedom, US ethics professor Richard Ebeling revisits the vital role that voluntary associations once played in the United States in providing assistance for those who needed a ‘helping hand’. In Australia,…
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  • Will robots take my job? 25 August 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    This is a question on many people’s minds, and it’s fuelling fears that advances in automation and artificial intelligence will lead to widespread unemployment, if not a jobless future. The cheeky new website willrobotstakemyjob.com attempts to answer this question –by…
    This is a question on many people’s minds, and it’s fuelling fears that advances in automation and artificial intelligence will lead to widespread unemployment, if not a jobless future. The cheeky new website willrobotstakemyjob.com attempts to answer this question –by…
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  • Why China first wooed then jilted Kiribati 29 January 2007 | The Canberra Times
    The news that a Chinese missile shot down an old satellite has made headlines around the world. The successful strike confirms that China is well on the way to developing a space-warfare capability. Less coverage has been given to an…
    The news that a Chinese missile shot down an old satellite has made headlines around the world. The successful strike confirms that China is well on the way to developing a space-warfare capability. Less coverage has been given to an…
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  • Economics spats grow deeper amid endemic corruption in Pacific 23 October 2006 | The Courier Mail
    Ever since the Howard government embarked on a more assertive approach toward the Pacific with the watershed Solomons intervention in 2003, diplomatic spats with our neighbours have grown closer and deeper. The Moti Affair will not be the last. It…
    Ever since the Howard government embarked on a more assertive approach toward the Pacific with the watershed Solomons intervention in 2003, diplomatic spats with our neighbours have grown closer and deeper. The Moti Affair will not be the last. It…
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Publications

  • Papua New Guinea on the Brink 12 March 2003 | IA30
    Papua 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…...
    Papua 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…
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