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Matthew Sussex

Matthew Sussex was formerly a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. 

He is the Academic Director at the National Security College, Crawford School of Public Policy, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. Previously he was Head of the Politics and International Relations program at the University of Tasmania. His research specialisations include international security, Russian politics and foreign policy, strategic studies and international relations theory. His most recent publications have been in the areas of energy security, power relations in the Asia Pacific, security in the former Soviet space, and Australian strategic policy. He has received grants from the Australian Research Council (Discovery Grants), the Fulbright Foundation and the International Studies Association, among others. He has been a National Executive member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs and associate editor of the Australian Journal of International Affairs.

Articles by Matthew Sussex (21)

  • Russia-Ukraine: What is Putin up to in Crimea?

    'Russia invades Ukraine!' That was the alarming call issued on 28 February by Arsen Avakov, Ukraine's interim interior minister. Certainly the behaviour of the highly coordinated 'citizen's militia' at airports, key infrastructure and the Crimean parliament suggested he was right. Militias are usually amateurish. They dress like shoppers at a military jumble sale, and they often lack a coherent command structure. The well-armed troops around Simferopol didn't match that description at all.
  • Democracy triumphs in Ukraine? Think again

    The dominant narrative on Ukraine's recent turmoil goes something like this: a corrupt president turns his back on a brighter future in Europe. He threatens journalists and arrests opposition leaders. Ordinary Ukrainians unite and rally peacefully in protest. Then as a final outrage, the president orders his security forces to fire on civilian crowds. Vladimir Putin, fresh from celebrations at Sochi, smiles quietly. But people power takes over; the president is ousted and flees.