Research Scholars – The Centre for Independent Studies

Sue Windybank

Senior Fellow

Sue Windybank

Sue Windybank is a Senior Fellow in CIS project on China and free societies. Prior to this she was been Editor of the Centre for Independent Studies’ quarterly journal, POLICY.
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 also 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 also had a freelance editing business and became an accredited editor with the Institute for Professional Editors in 2011.


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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

  • When personal becomes geopolitical 06 November 2020 | Ideas@theCentre
    A public hearing held over three weeks ago as part of the Senate inquiry into issues facing diaspora communities in Australia has sparked ongoing controversy after Senator Eric Abetz repeatedly demanded that three Chinese-Australian witnesses “unconditionally condemn the Chinese Communist…
    A public hearing held over three weeks ago as part of the Senate inquiry into issues facing diaspora communities in Australia has sparked ongoing controversy after Senator Eric Abetz repeatedly demanded that three Chinese-Australian witnesses “unconditionally condemn the Chinese Communist…
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  • American decline: is this time different? 16 October 2020 | Ideas@TheCentre
    US political scientist Samuel Huntington is best known for his 1993 ‘clash of civilisations’ thesis, but his lesser-known 1981 book American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony has proved more prescient. The late Harvard professor has even been dubbed a “prophet…
    US political scientist Samuel Huntington is best known for his 1993 ‘clash of civilisations’ thesis, but his lesser-known 1981 book American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony has proved more prescient. The late Harvard professor has even been dubbed a “prophet…
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  • Xinjiang Papers: chronicle of a tragedy foretold 22 November 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Recent  reporting of a 400-page leak from within the Chinese Communist Party — dubbed The Xinjiang Papers — confirms previous accounts of the Party’s political re-education campaign that has led to the mass detention of mainly Muslim Turkic minorities in the northwest region…
    Recent  reporting of a 400-page leak from within the Chinese Communist Party — dubbed The Xinjiang Papers — confirms previous accounts of the Party’s political re-education campaign that has led to the mass detention of mainly Muslim Turkic minorities in the northwest region…
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  • Sport now a geopolitical minefield 11 October 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Has the fallout from a single tweet by an American basketball team manager in support of the Hong Kong protestors put another nail in the coffin of US engagement with China? Late last week, Houston Rockets manager Daryl Morey posted…
    Has the fallout from a single tweet by an American basketball team manager in support of the Hong Kong protestors put another nail in the coffin of US engagement with China? Late last week, Houston Rockets manager Daryl Morey posted…
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  • Yang’s detention affects us all 30 August 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Australian writer and democracy campaigner Yang Hengjun has been formally arrested on espionage charges by Chinese authorities in Beijing after being detained for seven months without access to his family or lawyers of his choice. The charges carry the risk…
    Australian writer and democracy campaigner Yang Hengjun has been formally arrested on espionage charges by Chinese authorities in Beijing after being detained for seven months without access to his family or lawyers of his choice. The charges carry the risk…
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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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