Russia’s Strategic Engagements in Asian Affairs

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Date(s) - 04/10/2012
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Monash Asia Institute, Room H5.95, Building H


Monash Asia Seminars – MAI Seminar Series

Dr Alexey D Muraviev, Curtin University
Dr Carlo Kopp, Monash University

The seminar will commence with Dr Alexey D Muraviev’s presentation, which will provide an overview of what to expect from Russia as a key of the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) over the next five-six years. This will be followed by Dr Carlo Kopp’s presentation which focuses on the Russian weapons proliferation in Asia.

Dr Alexey D Muraviev’s Presentation ‘Russia, ISAF & Afghanistan post-2014’

ISAF has set a deadline to conclude the campaign in Afghanistan. After 2014, the level of foreign military presence will be considerably lower than current levels. Sustaining the effective operational capability of the ISAF now and beyond 2014 is a growing strategic imperative for Australia and its coalition partners. An overlooking key to its success will be developing a constructive dialogue with key Eurasian players, notably Russia. Moscow’s approach to cooperation on Afghanistan has been constructive. With Russian support, the ISAF has moved over 170,000 personnel and about 25,000 containers, about one-fifth of a total 120,000 designated to reach the Afghan theatre. There is a growing belief in Moscow that, should the coalition fail, it’s the Russia-led Collective security treaty organisation and the Shanghai Cooperation organisation that would have to manage the security fallouts.

Alexey D. Muraviev is an award-winning senior lecturer in International Relations and Strategic Studies in the School of Social Sciences and Asian Languages at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He is a Coordinator of the International Relations and National Security programs and the founder and Director of the Strategic Flashlight forum on national security and strategy at Curtin. He has published widely in the field of national and international security, including on Russian strategic affairs. His research interests include problems of modern maritime power, contemporary defence and strategic policy, Russia’s strategic and defence policy, Russia is a Pacific power, transnational terrorism, Australian national security, and other.

Alexey is a member of the Australian Member Committee, Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region (AU-CSCAP), member of Russia-NATO Experts Group, member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, reviewer of the IISS Military Balance annual defence almanac, member of the Research Network for Secure Australia, and other organisations and think tanks. In 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts has nominated Dr Muraviev as an “expert of international standing”. He advises members of state and federal government on foreign policy and national security matters and is frequently interviewed by state, national and international media.

Dr Carlo Kopp’s Presentation ‘Russian Weapons Proliferation in Asia’

Since the end of the Cold War Russia’s defence industry has become a highly successful commercial export industry, with a global footprint. Infusion of Western basic technology, especially digital computing and monolithic microwave technology, has seen rapid evolution of Russian weapons technology, which now in many categories outperforms US and EU products. While Western defence industries are heavily constrained by regulatory regimes, Russia’s is not, and unrestrained exports from Russia have become the principal enabler in the Asian arms race. This seminar will survey the advanced systems being exported by Russia across Asia, including stealth aircraft, counter stealth radars, guided munitions and air defence weapons, and discuss the resulting and manifold strategic impacts of this proliferation.

Carlo Kopp is Australia’s most experienced technical defence analyst and technological strategist, with more than 650 publications across all categories in this domain. He is co-founder and lead strategy researcher of the Air Power Australia independent military think tank, which operates the largest military subject matter website in the Southern Hemisphere, hosting around 1,000 publications. Dr Kopp holds PhD and MSc degrees from Monash University, and a BEng (Hons) degree from the University of WA. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and a Member of the Association of Old Crows. In 2010, Dr Kopp received the Australian Industry Certificate award from the Association of Old Crows, for his “… contribution both in Australia and internationally across the spectrum of defence including warfare strategy and doctrine, proliferation of Russian weapons technology, aircraft combat survivability, network centric and information warfare, acting as a defence analyst since 1980”.

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