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In The Bear’s Shadow: Russian Intervention in Syria

  • Start date: 11 May 2018 10:00 AM
  • End date: 11 May 2018 11:00 AM
  • Venue: Ngunnawal Theatre, Russell Offices

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In September 2015, Russia sent its military forces to Syria is response to a request by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for help in suppressing a civil war that had been raging in the country since March 2011.

This presentation analyses the events that have occurred in Syria after the Russian military forces, predominantly its Air Force, actively engaged in the Civil War to ensure the survival of the Assad regime. It will provide a brief historic background to the nation of Syria, explain the different factions engaged in the War and provide an overview of the operations that have been conducted. The presentation will analyse the political and geo-strategic fall-out of the Civil War with particular emphasis on the Russian intervention. A copy of Professor Kainikara’s latest book on the Syrian Intervention will also be available on the day.

Professor Sanu Kainikara

Sanu Kainikara is the RAAF’s Air Power Strategist at the Air Power Development Centre. He is a former fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force and was operational on the MiG-21,-23,-25,-27, and MiG-29 and also on the Jaguar and Hunter aircraft, flying over 4,000 hours on fighter aircraft.

Prof Kainikara is a Qualified Flying Instructor (A2), a graduate and Directing Staff of the Fighter Weapons School and was the Commanding Officer of an Operational fighter squadron. Sanu is the recipient of the Air Force Cross and two Commendations from the IAF Chief of Air Staff and also a recipient of the RAAF Chief of Air Force’s Commendation.

Prof Kainikara has presented papers at a number of international conferences and published papers on national security, strategy and air power in various international professional journals. He is the author of 16 books on air power, strategy and national security; three books on political analysis.

He was a lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at the RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the UNSW @ADFA in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is also the inaugural Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Regional Security based in Canberra.

Dr Kainikara is a graduate of the Indian National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College and the College of Air Warfare. He holds two Bachelor degrees (Strategic Studies and Aerospace Engineering) and a Master of Science in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras. His PhD in International Politics was awarded by the University of Adelaide.