The 2017 DFAT White Paper characterised Australia’s relations with Russia in the following terms: “Given its international role and reach, Russia’s policies affect Australia both directly and indirectly. We will deal carefully with Russia to advance our interests where we see scope. Equally, Australia will work with partners to resist Russia’s conduct when it is inimical to global security.”
Few Russian visitors to Australia are better qualified to speak with authority about their homeland than Yevgenia Albats. For well over two decades, she has been one of Russia’s most forthright independent journalists, always prepared to risk controversy or criticism. Her weekly radio programs analysing current affairs and the New Times monthly she edits are followed closely by her supporters and opponents alike.
In conversation with Professor Michael Wesley, Yevgenia Albats will share her thoughts on Russia, including the interplay between its domestic politics and disposition to shape events beyond its borders.
About the speakers
Yevgenia M Albats is a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author and radio host. Since 2007, she has been the Political Editor and then Editor-in-Chief and CEO of The New Times, a Moscow-based, Russian language independent political weekly. It went digital-only since June of 2017, when the Russian authorities severed its distribution and sales. Since 2004, Albats has hosted ‘Absolute Albats’, a talk show on Echo Moskvy, the only remaining liberal radio station in Russia. Albats was an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow assigned to the Chicago Tribune in 1990, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993. She graduated from Moscow State University in 1980, and received her PhD in Political Science from Harvard University in 2004.
Professor Michael Wesley is Professor of International Affairs and Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University (ANU). He has published on Australian foreign policy, Asia’s international relations and strategic affairs, and the Politics of state-building interventions. Previously, Professor Wesley was the Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs (2014-2016), the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy (2009-2012), Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University (2004-2009), and Assistant Director-General for Transnational Issues at the Office of National Assessments (2003-2004). He gained his PhD from the University of St Andrews and his BA (Honours) from the University of Queensland.