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Matthew Sussex

Matthew Sussex

Academic Director, National Security College, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
Associate Professor Matthew Sussex is the Academic Director at the National Security College. His main research specialisation is on Russian foreign and security policy, but his interests also cover: government and politics in Eurasia; strategic studies; terrorism and counter-terrorism; energy security; and Australian foreign policy. He is particularly interested in contemporary trends in violent conflict, especially in 'hybrid' warfare and in the evolution of propaganda.

Prior to joining NSC Dr Sussex was Director of Politics and International Relations at the University of Tasmania. He has served on the National Executive of the Australian Institute for International Affairs and has been Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of International Affairs. He is also currently a Non-resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Dr Sussex's research has previously been awarded funding by the Australian Research Council (Discovery Projects), the Australia-US Fulbright Commission and the International Studies Association, amongst others.

Dr Sussex's recent solo or collaborative book projects include Eurasian Integration, Central Asia and the New Geopolitics of Energy (Palgrave, 2015); Power, Politics and Confrontation in Eurasia (Palgrave, 2015); Violence and the State (Manchester University Press, 2015), and Conflict in the Former USSR (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Putin under pressure: the military melodrama between the Wagner group and Russia’s armed forces

May 17, 2023 07:46 am UTC| Politics

As Russias disastrous war in Ukraine continues, another rant by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the bombastic chief of the paramilitary Wagner group, has laid bare the power struggle at the top of Russias military...

Global Geopolitics Series

Russia's shadow war: Vulkan files leak show how Putin's regime weaponises cyberspace

Apr 05, 2023 13:33 pm UTC| Politics

Recent revelations about the close partnership between the Kremlin and NTC Vulkan, a Russian cybersecurity consultancy with links to the military, provide some rare insights into how the Putin regime weaponises...

Why can't the West agree on how much military support to send to Ukraine?

Jan 24, 2023 05:30 am UTC|

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been under tremendous pressure to supply Leopard tanks to Ukraine. The government in Kyiv has long argued it desperately needs them to regain territory seized by Russia in its 2022...

What legacy will Vladimir Putin leave Russia?

Dec 08, 2022 11:02 am UTC| Politics

Nobody listened to Russia, Vladimir Putin intoned in 2018, as he unveiled the poisonous fruit of Russias military modernisation project: a nuclear-powered cruise missile; a hypersonic glider; and a nuclear warhead atop a...

Global Geopolitics Series

Could Russia collapse?

Oct 31, 2022 08:37 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Among the many questions asked about Russias disastrous war against Ukraine, one of them is posed only very rarely: can Russia survive what seems increasingly likely to be a humiliating defeat at the hands of its smaller...

Global Geopolitics Series

Russia’s Ukraine invasion won’t be over soon – and Putin is counting on the West’s short attention span

Jun 23, 2022 16:16 pm UTC| Politics

As Russias war in Ukraine becomes a quagmire of attrition, Western leaders are slowly coming to two realisations about Vladimir Putins intentions. First, Russias war against Ukraine wont be over soon, and is likely to...

Global Geopolitics Series

The Biden-Putin summit: no magic reset of relations, but no hitting the snooze button, either

Jun 20, 2021 12:23 pm UTC| Politics

Much speculation surrounded the lead up to the just concluded summit in Geneva between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. Coming after a NATO meeting where Biden reaffirmed his...

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Economy

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Slovakia’s polarised politics: Robert Fico warned a politician could be violently attacked weeks before assassination attempt

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Black holes are mysterious, yet also deceptively simple − a new space mission may help physicists answer hairy questions about these astronomical objects

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Is dark matter’s main rival theory dead? There’s bad news from the Cassini spacecraft and other recent tests

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IceCube researchers detect a rare type of energetic neutrino sent from powerful astronomical objects

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