Europe, NATO and Mother Russia: Life in Post-Soviet Europe – The Centre for Independent Studies

Europe, NATO and Mother Russia: Life in Post-Soviet Europe

Is Russia is emerging as the new destabilising force on the international scene? It has increasingly shown disdain for fundamental standards and norms in international relations as exemplified by its policy towards Georgia and Ukraine and has developed a new military doctrine which drastically lowers the threshold for use of nuclear weapons.

What is the role of the Russia-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organisation and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation? Are we going to see another ‘Yalta’ type agreement between the great powers dividing the world into separate spheres of influence?

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landscape01Janusz Onyszkiewicz, is an influential expert in international security, former Vice-President of the European Parliament and Vice President of its Foreign Relations Committee. He has been Defence Minister of the Republic of Poland in two separate post-Soviet governments. Currently, Mr. Onyszkiewicz is an Executive Board member of the UK-based European Leadership Network and the Chairman of the International Center for Democratic Transition (Budapest). He has been monitoring elections in Ukraine, Egypt and Georgia on behalf of the US –based National Democratic Institute.

Janusz Onyszkiewicz is a distinguished human rights activist.  In the historic year of 1989, he was the spokesperson for the Solidarity delegation to the Round Table negotiations that paved the way for the demise of communism in Poland and Central Europe. Janusz has received numerous international awards and honours including the Legion d’Honour (France).

Details of the event are as follows:

When: Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Where: The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street SYDNEY NSW 2000

Time: 5.45 pm for a 6 pm start. The event will conclude at 7 pm

Cost: Registration for this event is free.

To secure your place please book at or call (02) 9438 4377.

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Limited parking is available within the building complex. Online pre-bookings are essential to secure a car spot and discounted parking rate. Please visit the Secure Parking website, select the car park at 131 Macquarie Street and enter the promotion code: CIS10 when making your booking. If you are travelling by train, Martin Place and Circular Quay are the nearest stations to our office, with Wynyard a few minutes further away.

This event is proudly delivered in association with the Australian Institute of Polish Affairs.