John Besemeres taught politics at Monash University, was head of Polish and later Slavonic Studies at Macquarie University, spent 5 years working as a translator in Belgrade and Warsaw, served for some 30 years in several Australian government portfolios including PM&C, Immigration and Ethnic Affairs and Foreign Affairs and Trade, and has published extensively on Russian and Eastern European affairs.
Russia and the former Western Republics of the Soviet Union, Poland, the former Yugoslavia, and Eastern Europe generally.
Monitoring, analysing and writing on developments in the FSU and Eastern Europe.
British Commonwealth Post-Graduate Travelling Scholarship, tenable at St Antony's College, Oxford Medal of Gratitude of the European Solidarity Centre, 2010 Australia Day Achievement Medallion for outstanding service, 2004 Australian Public Service Centennial Award, 2001 Commander of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic, 1993
Member of Association of Heads of Russian and Slavonic Studies Departments in Australia 1983-85.
I am currently a member of the supervisory panels of three doctoral candidates, and adviser to two others. I have mentored or am mentoring a number of others informally. I also regularly give lectures to the University of the Third Age in Canberra.