Director of China and Free Societies program
Sue Windybank is the Director of the 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.
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
Yang’s detention affects us all 30 August 2019 | Ideas@TheCentreAustralian 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…read more
Could China make the world safer for autocracy? 10 May 2019 | Ideas@TheCentreHow can a liberal democratic country like Australia engage with an increasingly illiberal and authoritarian power like China in ways that are consistent with liberal norms and values? Much depends on the health and vigour of our society. This is…read more
Making China great again? 23 March 2018 | Ideas@TheCentreForty years ago, the Chinese Communist Party under Deng Xiaoping made a historic decision to allow market forces to play a greater role in the economy, permitting private enterprise to emerge and opening up to foreign trade and investment after…read more
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
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