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The Australian National University’s Eurasian Society will be jointly hosting this forum with the Centre for European Studies. It will feature discussions on trade, business and foreign policy in the ex-Soviet space, and on recent developments in the relationship between Russia and its neighbours.
Gains and Losses: Russia and its Neighbours
Dr John Besemeres is Adjuct Fellow at the ANU Centre for European Studies. He taught politics at Monash University in the 1960s, was head of Polish and later Slavonic Studies at Macquarie University in the 1980s; spent 5 years working as a translator in Belgrade and Warsaw in the 1960s and 1970s; worked in several Australian government portfolios including PM&C, Immigration and Ethnic Affairs and Foreign Affairs; published Socialist Population Politics (New York 1980) and articles on politics in Russia and Eastern Europe.
EU-Russia relations: major challenges and future prospects
Nina Markovic holds a Double Masters Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Australian National University, and First Class Honours in Arts from the University of Western Australia. Her current doctoral work is focusing on the EU engagement in the Western Balkans. Ms Markovic’s research interests include foreign and security policy of the EU, Russia and Australia, democratisation and Middle Eastern affairs.
Russian Economic Conditions and Democratization
Professor Ian McAllister is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the ANU. He has held chairs at various universities and was President of the British Politics Group 2001-2002, has edited the Australian Journal of Political Science since 2004, and was chair of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems project from 2003 to 2008. A current research project focuses on Post-communist politics and the problems of democratization. A book length monograph on Russian political opinion, tentatively titled The Russian Voter, is in preparation.
EU Economic Relations with Central and Eastern Europe
Dr Robert Miller is a visiting fellow at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. He has an MA (1959) and PhD (1965) from Harvard University (Regional Studies–Soviet Union and Political Science). He has extensive teaching and research experience, was a Fullbright scholar in Yugoslavia, an exchange scholar in the USSR for his PhD and has conducted extensive research trips in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, USA and FRG.
Russian trade policies in Central Asia: combining good business with strategic purpose
Dr Kirill Nourzhanov has an MA from Moscow State University and a PhD from the ANU. His main academic interests include politics, international relations and conflict resolution in contemporary Central Asia. He has published in the Central Asian Monitor, Central Asian Survey, Europe-Asia Studies, and World Today, and his PhD thesis on “Politics and Change in Tajikistan” was published in mid-2000.