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Kyle Wilson

Kyle Wilson studied at the ANU, Moscow State and Leningrad State universities. He worked in DFAT from 1981 to 2004. His postings for DFAT included four years in Moscow 1988-92; and five in Beijing, 1995-99, including a year at the Beijing Institute for Economic Management. From 2000-2004 he worked on China and Mongolia in DFAT’s North Asia Division. From 2004 to 2013 he was the Senior Analyst for Russia and Central Asia at ONA and is now a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Studies at the ANU.

Articles by Kyle Wilson (8)

  • What does Putin want?

    It's a tough question, with various layers, and might make Putin himself pause. Here's an attempt at an answer. Putin wants to win; he wants victory. So how he would he define victory? First, he must be able to rule securely till 2024, as a constitutional amendment he enacted allows. Securing that outcome means ensuring that key supporters are able to preserve something resembling their present privileges of power, wealth and status. 
  • Vladimir of Taurus: Putin's Syria gambit and his global ambitions

    Here are part 1 and part 2 of this three-part series, in which Kyle Wilson explains the personal, domestic and international motivations behind Putin's Syria strategy.  So what does Putin want? His recent speech to the UN General Assembly listed all his main desiderata, from the macro to the micro. He wants a new system of security for Europe modeled on the Yalta Agreement of 1945; a Yalta II.
  • Putin in Syria: 'Vladimir of Taurus' baffles his foes

    This is the first in a three-part series on Putin's Syria gambit and how it furthers his ambitions at home and abroad. Eighteen months ago Russian President Vladimir Putin's conquest of Crimea earned him the appellation among sycophants of Putin Tavrichesky or 'the Tauridian Putin', Taurus being an ancient Greek name for Crimea. Only one other Russian bears that honorific: Prince Potemkin, who conquered the peninsula in the name of Catherine the Great in 1783.