Season’s greetings from AACaPS

2017 has been a fruitful year for the Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies (AACaPS). It was headlined by our 13th biennial conference, on the centenary of the Russian Revolution, and much important scholarship by our members. We also unveiled this new website.

On behalf of president Dr Alexandr Akimov and communications officer Kieran Pender, the AACaPS would like to wish everyone a pleasant Christmas and New Year break. We look forward to engaging with you in 2018.

AACaPS Conference Plenary Panel 2: East-West Relations in an Uncertain World

The recent AACaPS Conference at The Australian National University featured a plenary panel entitled ‘East-West Relations in an Uncertain World’. Chaired by Milenko Petrovic of the University of Canterbury it featured three speakers:

Nick Fischer (Monash University): ‘Washington’s Shadow: Communism and the Transformation of the American State, 1917-2017’
Matthew Sussex (The Australian National University): ‘National Security “Rebound” Strategies: The Case of the Russian Federation’
Ian Parmeter (The Australian National University): ‘The Middle East in Putin’s Foreign Policy and Domestic Security Priorities’

AACaPS Conference Plenary Panel 1: The Russian Revolution

The recent AACaPS Conference at The Australian National University featured a plenary panel entitled ‘The Russian Revolution: A Century of Communist and Post-Communist Development’. Chaired by Roger Markwick of the University of Newcastle, it featured three speakers:

Roderic Pitty (University of Western Australia): ‘The Russian Revolution and the World Capitalist System: An Historical Assessment’
Milenko Petrovic (University of Canterbury): ‘(A Return to) Communism is Not a Solution’
Graeme Gill (University of Sydney): ‘The Development of Executive Power in Russia’

AACaPS Hosts 2017 Conference

In late June, the AACaPS hosted its biannual conference at The Australian National University: A Century of Revolutionary Change – 1917-2017. Dr Andrey Kazantsev from MGIMO in Moscow was the Conference keynote, and ANU Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt AC opened proceedings.

A photo gallery is below, and audio from several presentations will be made available online shortly.

Conference: A Century of Revolutionary Change – 1917-2017

The 13th biennial conference of the Australasian Association for Communist and Post-communist Studies will be held at The Australian National University from 29-30 June 2017. Co-hosted by the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies and School of Politics and International Relations, the conference – A Century of Revolutionary Change: 1917-2017 will examine a wide-range of Soviet and post-Soviet topics. More information and a draft programme can be found here.