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‘Return to Moscow’ with Tony Kevin

Tuesday 14th February 2017 6:00pm AEDT

In 1969, a young and apprehensive Tony Kevin set off on his first diplomatic posting to Moscow at the height of the Cold War. Nearly 50 years on he returns alone, a private citizen aged 73. What will he find? How has Russia changed since those grim Soviet days?

He discovers Vladimir Putin’s Russia, a government and nation routinely demonised and disdained in Western capitals. Why does President Putin arouse such a high level of Western antagonism? Is the West throwing away the lessons of recent history in recklessly drifting into a perilous and unnecessary new Cold War confrontation with Russia?

On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Tony Kevin invites you to see this great nation anew: to explore with him the complex roots of Russian national identity and values, drawing on its tumultuous Soviet Communist past and its momentous thousand-year history as a great Orthodox Christian nation.
The event will take the form of a two-way discussion between Tony and John McCarthy, former national president of the AIIA. John will bring to the discussion both his renowned realism and his wide professional experience of the Soviet and post-Soviet Russian role in international relations.

 Tony Kevin

Tony Kevin was a DFAT career officer 1968-98, with postings to Moscow and UN New York, and as ambassador to Warsaw and Phnom Penh. For several years 1985-90, he headed DFAT’s policy planning capability.

Tony Kevin is the author of A Certain Maritime Incident: the sinking of SIEV X (2004) and Reluctant Rescuers (2012) on Australia’s maritime border protection system. He published a travel memoir Walking the Camino (2007) about his long pilgrimage walk through Spain. Crunch Time (2009) tackled issues, still unresolved, of framing an effective Australian policy against global warming.

John McCarthy

John McCarthy AO FAIIA is chairman of the Advisory Council of the Griffith Asia Institute and senior adviser to Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, Tokyo.  He is former AIIA national president and former ambassador to Vietnam, Mexico, Thailand, the United States, Indonesia and Japan, and high commissioner to India.


Copies of the book Return to Moscow by Tony Kevin, UWA Publishing (release date 1 March 2017) will be on sale


Entry:  AIIA NSW members:  $15.00;  Senior/Student members $10.00

Non-members: $25.00;  Student non-members $15.00

For catering purposes, please register online or with nswexec@internationalaffairs.org.au


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