Recent terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22 March 2016, Belgium, have once again highlighted complex security challenges facing Europe.
Yet, over the past two years them main security dilemma that preoccupied EU and NATO was (and still is) the perceived threat of resurgent Russia. The Crimea dilemma followed by the outbreak of violence in eastern in Ukraine, and the MH17 tragedy, triggered the suspension of once intensive strategic dialogues between Brussels and Moscow.
This special briefing will consider Europe's security challenges and fears in the light of Russia's actions in Ukraine, Syria and beyond, opportunities for cooperation in the field of counter-terrorism post-22/3 attacks.
Dr Alexey D. Muraviev is Head of Department of Social Sciences and Security Studies at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He is a Coordinator of the International Relations and National Security programs and the founder and Director of the Strategic Flashlight forum on national security and strategy at Curtin.He has published widely on matters of national and international security.
His research interests include problems of modern maritime power, contemporary defence and strategic policy, Russia's strategic and defence policy, Russia as a Pacific power, transnational terrorism, Australian national security, and other.
Alexey is a member of the Australian Member Committee, Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region (AU-CSCAP); member of Russia-NATO Experts Group; member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London; reviewer of the Military Balance annual defence almanac; member of the Advisory Board, Australia Public Network, member of the Research Network for Secure Australia, and other organisations and think tanks.
In 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts has nominated Dr Muraviev as an "expert of international standing".
He advises members of state and federal government on foreign policy and national security matters and is frequently interviewed by state, national and international media.