Monash European and EU Centre (MEEUC) and the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies Public Lecture

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31 October 2016 at 6:00 pm – 31 October 2016 at 7:30 pm
Bldg H, Level 2, Room 35 (H235) Monash University Caulfield Campus 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East Melbourne, Victoria, VIC 3145
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Ukrainian Ambassador to deliver public lecture at Monash University

Monash University’s Faculty of Arts is pleased to announce a forthcoming public lecture, “The Geopolitics of Eastern Europe Today: The Case of Ukraine”, by the Ambassador of Ukraine to Australia, His Excellency Dr Mykola Kulinich.

Dr Kulinich’s lecture focuses on the rejection of the concept of “bipolarity” and the lack of any universal system of security, either on a global or regional scale, since the end of the Cold War.

After the Cold War, the Russian Federation has sought to restore its status as a world power through the continued monopolization of power and militarization at home and the creation of regimes loyal to Russia in neighbouring countries. Means to this end have included “gas wars”, trade protectionism and military force (Moldova in 1992, Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine today). In its quest for military, political and economic power the Russian Federation has ceased being a good neighbour, becoming instead a threat to countries along its borders and forcing other states and power centres to consider enhancing existing military-political alliances and building up their defence forces.

The lecture will be held from 6.00pm-7.30pm on Monday 31 October 2016 and will be followed by remarks from two formal respondents, Dr Julie Fedor, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, and Professor Marko Pavlyshyn, Director, Monash European and EU Centre.

At the conclusion of presentations, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Dr Mykola Kulinich has been Ambassador of Ukraine to Australia since November 2015. He received his PhD in the history of international relations from Kyiv National University, where he later became Professor and head of the Department of International Organizations and Diplomatic Service and deputy director of the Institute of International Relations. Dr Kulinich was a Research Fellow at the University of Maryland and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. and participated in the Black Sea Security Program of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. After diplomatic postings in Japan and South Korea, he served as Rector of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine (2003-2007 and 2013-2015) and as Ukraine’s Ambassador to Japan (2007-2013).

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Registration is essential. To attend please register online at
by 26 October 2016.

Venue: Lecture Theatre H235, Level 2, Building H, Caulfield Campus, Monash University, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East, Victoria