Tony Kevin - Return to Moscow

Thursday 27 April 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Tickets $7.50
Tickets available until 27 April 2017 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.

Join James O’Neill who is in-conversation with Tony Kevin discussing Return to Moscow.

Forty-eight years ago, a young and apprehensive Tony Kevin set off with his family on his first diplomatic posting, to Moscow at the height of the Cold War. In the Russian winter of 2016 he returns alone, a private citizen aged 73. What will he find? How has Russia changed since those grim Soviet days? 

Tony Kevin had a successful and challenging diplomatic career, ending with ambassadorships to Poland (1991-94) and Cambodia (1994-97). He now applies his attention to Vladimir Putin’s Russia, a government and nation routinely demonised and disdained in Western capitals. Why does President Putin arouse such a high level of Western antagonism? Is the West throwing away the lessons of recent history in recklessly drifting into a perilous and unnecessary new Cold War confrontation against Russia? 

Tony Kevin invites readers to see this great nation anew: to explore with him the complex roots of Russian national identity and values, drawing on its traumatic recent seventy-year Soviet Communist past and its momentous thousand-year history as a great Orthodox Christian nation that has both loved and feared ‘the West’, and which the West has loved and feared back in equal measure. 

"Return to Moscow is a must-read for those who are interested in a deeper understanding of the country, its values and Russian foreign policy motivations, than Western Kremlinology usually offers." Dr Andrey Kortunov, Director-General, Russian International Affair Council, Moscow.

Tony Kevin served in the Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister’s departments over a 30-year period and was Australia’s ambassador to Poland and Cambodia. He is the author of A Certain Maritime Incident: the sinking of SIEV X (2004) and Reluctant Rescuers (2012) on Australia’s maritime border protection system. He published a travel memoir Walking the Camino (2007) about his long pilgrimage walk through Spain. Crunch Time (2009) tackled issues, still unresolved, of framing an effective Australian policy against global warming. Tony is an Emeritus Fellow at the Australian National University.

James O'Neill, a Brisbane resident and a former academic who held positions at the University of Bergen, (Norway) University of Waikato (NZ), University of Louvain la Neuve (Belgium) and the Netherlands Interuniversity Demographic Institute (The Hague).  A former consultant with the UN Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva.  Practised as a barrister since 1984 specialising in international law.  Author of two books and numerous articles in peer reviewed journals.  Now writes on geopolitical issues with a legal flavour.