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On the 24th of January 2018 Museum of Contemporary Russian History will host a lecture “Current prospects for East-West detente — Analysis by a former Western diplomat” by former ambassador of Australia to Poland and Cambodia Tony Kevin. The lecture is part of the RIAC and Museum’s joint course «Outlining the New World Order», planned for 2017/18.

On the 24th of January 2018 Museum of Contemporary Russian History will host a lecture “Current prospects for East-West detente — Analysis by a former Western diplomat” by former ambassador of Australia to Poland and Cambodia Tony Kevin. The lecture is part of the RIAC and Museum’s joint course «Outlining the New World Order», planned for 2017/18.

Tony Kevin reflects on his thirty -year career as an Australian diplomat 1968–98, most of which was spent during the Cold War years, and also analyses his subsequent experience as an independent author free to express his own opinions, independently of the direction of Australian foreign policy. He will discuss the current irresponsible and sharp tendencies to Russophobia in many Western capitals, and how these can be overcome by a return to a clear vision of international relations, based on firm and reliable communications, mutual respect and regular dialogue. Tony Kevin will present his lecture in Russian, with slides of pictures and text, followed by Questions and Answers in Russian and English.

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Tony Kevin’s first posting as a young Australian diplomat was to Moscow in 1969–71.  His 30-year diplomatic career culminated in postings as Ambassador to Poland (1991–94) and Cambodia (1994–97). Prior to this, he headed the Policy Planning Branch in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs from 1985 to 1990. Before this, he worked in the International Division, Prime Minister’s Department, during the prime ministerships of  Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke. He represented Australia on the First Committee of the United Nations in New York, on international security and disarmament, from 1973 to 1975.

A strong advocate of East-West detente and regular dialogue on a basis of mutual respect, and of  the rules of multipolar  world order, Tony Kevin continues to take a stance on international relations from an independent Australian writer’s perspective. Tony is the author of five documentary books, most recently ‘Return to Moscow’, (University of Western Australia Publishing, March 2017), a literary-historical-cultural memoir of his recent visit to Russia in 2016.

Lecture course “Outlining the New World Order” is organized jointly by Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and Museum of Contemporary Russian History. It is dedicated to the main challenges of the current system of international relations. Media partner of the lecture course is International Affairs magazine.

The event will take place on the 24th of January at 19.00 in Museum of Contemporary Russian History (Moscow, Tverskaya st. 21).

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