Dr Matthew Sussex is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Coral Bell School for Asia Pacific Affairs and the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre.

Dr Sussex is a leading expert on strategic policy, with a particular focus on Australian defence policy, Chinese strategic policy, Russian strategic policy, and grey zone/information operations. He has held multiple roles at a range of national and international organisations, including the Australian Defence College and Centre for Defence Research.

He has also been a non-resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute, served on the National Executive of the Australian Institute for International Affairs, and been Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of International Affairs. He frequently consults with Australian strategic policy agencies on matters in his field of expertise, and he is a regular media commentator, both locally and overseas. In 2023 he was nominated for a Walkley Award for his analysis of Australian strategic policy debates and the war in Ukraine.

Fields of expertise



Why 2024 could be a grim year for Ukraine – with momentous implications for the world

Two years after Russia’s full-scale invasion on 24 February 2022, Ukraine’s resistance remains remarkable. Confident initial predictions of…

22 February 2024


After 12 months of war in Ukraine, what does ‘victory’ look like?

Russia’s attempts to capture large swathes of Ukraine have now dragged on for 12 months, in a protracted…

23 February 2023


Could Russia collapse?

Among the many questions asked about Russia’s disastrous war against Ukraine, one of them is posed only very…

31 October 2022

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