Dr Elizabeth Buchanan is a Lecturer of Strategic Studies with Deakin University at the Australian War College, Canberra. Dr Buchanan’s areas of expertise are polar geopolitics, energy security and international security orders with a focus on Russian strategy. Dr Buchanan completed her PhD on Russian Arctic strategy under Vladimir Putin in 2018 and holds an Honours degree in Russian-Ukrainian natural gas relations. Dr Buchanan was recently a Visiting Maritime Fellow at NATO’s Defense College where she examined High North security matters. Elizabeth has published widely on Russia and international security issues with Foreign Affairs, The Lowy Institute, The National Interest, The Australian Institute for International Affairs, The Moscow Times, The Economist, Politico, Policy Forum and The Australian. Dr Buchanan has been a Visiting Scholar with The Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy unit and has commercial experience in the private oil sector.
Building a better strategy means, above all, getting rid of theoretical constructs that no longer apply.
Canberra should rethink its approach to Moscow, recognising areas of difference yet be willing to see common ground.
A rude challenge awaits Canberra’s cosy assumptions about the Antarctic Treaty System and its ongoing relevance.