The Australian National University (ANU) has experts who can comment on several aspects of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

If you would like to contact any of our experts, please reach out to the ANU Media team on our hotline +61 2 6125 7979 or by emailing 

Dr Sonia Mycak 
Research Fellow, ANU Centre for European Studies 

Expertise: History of conflict between Ukraine and Russia, repercussions for Europe and Ukraine requests to join NATO

Emeritus Professor Paul Dibb 
ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre 

Expertise: International relations and foreign public policy

Dr Leonid A Petrov 
Visiting Fellow, ANU School of Culture, History and Languag

Expertise: Communist and post-communist studies (USSR, Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States)

Professor John Blaxland 
Head of International Security and Intelligence Studies, ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs 

Expertise: Intelligence, security, Australian military history and strategy, defence, international relations, public policy

Dr William A. Stoltz
Senior Adviser for Public Policy, ANU National Security College

Expertise: Foreign policy, intelligence, Australian strategy, Five Eyes and national security policy

Mr Kyle Wilson 
Visiting Fellow, ANU Centre for European Studies 

Expertise: All aspects of Russia past and present with a particular focus on Russian national myths and the history of Russian thought, Sino-Russian relations and the history of Australian-Russian ties

Dr Kirill Nourzhanov 
Senior Lecturer, ANU Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies 

Expertise: Russian history and politics including the former USSR; security and international relations between the Central Asian countries

Dr Emma Aisbett
Fellow, ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

Expertise: Energy transition, hydrogen exports

Dr Christian Downie 
Associate Professor, ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
Expertise: Broader geopolitics of energy and Russia/EU relationship

Dr Charles Miller   
Senior Lecturer, ANU School of Politics and International Relations
Expertise: Military conflict/operations, US foreign policy and grand strategy, international relations, diplomacy, use of chemical weapons

Dr Benjamin Herscovitch 
Research Fellow, ANU National Security College and ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance 

Expertise: Geoeconomics, Australian foreign and defence policy

Associate Professor Stephen Fortescue 
Visiting Fellow, ANU Centre for European Studies 

Expertise: Also an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, he is an expert in contemporary Russian politics and economics. His most recent monograph is Russia’s Oil Barons and Metal Magnates offers an analysis of the role of the so-called oligarchs in the post-Soviet Russian political economy

Professor Rory Medcalf
Head, ANU National Security College

Expertise: Australian security, defence and foreign policy, nuclear issues, diplomacy, Indo-Pacific strategy, democratic resilience 

Professor Stephan Fruehling
ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs 

Expertise: Australian defence policy, nuclear weapons, NATO, European Security

Dr Tanya Ogilvie-White 
Non-resident Senior Fellow, ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs 

Expertise: Asia-Pacific security, including arms racing, nuclear nonproliferation, and the global and regional mechanisms needed to address rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia

Katherine Mansted
Senior Fellow, ANU National Security College

Expertise: Cyber warfare and cyber impacts for Australia 

Professor Clive Williams 
Visiting Fellow, ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre 

Expertise: NATO, terrorism and counterterrorism, intelligence and security

Professor Donald Rothwell 
ANU College of Law 
Expertise: no-fly zones, international law, International Court of Justice, allegations of genocide 

Emeritus Professor Ramesh Thakur
Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Emeritus Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy 
Expertise: nuclear weapons, arms control and disarmament

Dr Filip Slaveski
Research School of Social Sciences

Expertise: Russian/Soviet and East European History, mass violence, political repression in Soviet Russia, Ukraine and across the former Soviet space

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