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Associate Professor Matthew Sussex

Director, Academic


Stephanie Williams Associate Professor Matthew Sussex is the Academic Director at the National Security College. His main research specialisation is on Russian foreign and security policy, but his interests also cover: government and politics in Eurasia; strategic studies; terrorism and counter-terrorism; energy security; and Australian foreign policy. He is particularly interested in contemporary trends in violent conflict, especially in 'hybrid' warfare and in the evolution of propaganda.

Prior to joining NSC Dr Sussex was Director of Politics and International Relations at the University of Tasmania. He has served on the National Executive of the Australian Institute for International Affairs  and has been Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of International Affairs. He is also currently a Non-resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Dr Sussex's research has previously been awarded funding by the Australian Research Council (Discovery Projects), the Australia-US Fulbright Commission and the International Studies Association, amongst others.
Dr Sussex's recent solo or collaborative book projects include Eurasian Integration, Central Asia and the New Geopolitics of Energy (Palgrave, 2015); Power, Politics and Confrontation in Eurasia (Palgrave, 2015); Violence and the State (Manchester University Press, 2015), and Conflict in the Former USSR (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Areas of expertise

  • Security in the post-Soviet space
  • Eurasian energy security
  • Politics of Russia and the former USSR
  • Conflict and political violence

Research interests

  • Russian foreign and security policy
  • Government and politics in Eurasia
  • Hybrid warfare and propaganda in the cyber-age
  • Contemporary conflict


National Security: Concepts and Challenges (NSPO8007)
Selected Topic in National Security (NSPO8022)


Updated:  15 January 2016/ Responsible Officer:  Head of College, National Security College/ Page Contact:  Web administrator, National Security College