Dr Matthew Sussex
Matthew Sussex is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Defence Studies, Australian Defence College, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University. He was formerly a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute. His research specialisations include international security, Russian politics and foreign policy, strategic studies and international relations theory. His most recent publications have been in the areas of energy security, power relations in the Asia Pacific, security in the former Soviet space, and Australian strategic policy.
It’s time Australia branded Russia’s Wagner Group a terrorist organisation
A record of abuses in conflicts from Ukraine to Africa makes designating the Russian group the right choice.
Death of a Russian ultranationalist
What is the effect of the death of a Russian ultranationalist? Unfortunately, more of the same, it seems.
Ukraine: what are Putin’s options now?
Deluded by a belief he would win quickly and cleanly, Putin must now weigh the pros and cons for his next steps.
How China views “strategic competition” with the United States
Contrasting official readouts of the recent Biden-Xi summit offer an insight in Beijing’s attitudes on world order.
Sticks and carrots in Biden’s Russia strategy
Washington deserves two cheers for its early moves against Moscow. But the approach remains fundamentally reactive.
The ageing of the guard in Putin’s Russia
Don’t be fooled if the Russian president offers sweets abroad while continuing a crackdown at home.
Keeping the Kremlin in the Kelvinator
A flurry of enthusiasm to re-engage Russia speaks more to Western insecurities than future power dynamics in East Asia.
The Sino-Russian entente
While a formal alliance is out of the question, the West for too long assumed Beijing and Moscow are fundamental rivals.
Time for reason, not emotion, in the “China influence” debate
Australians have been passengers, if not active participants, in our own polarisation.