New book sheds light on Australia's reaction to Cold War

A new book explaining how Australia reacted to the threat presented by the Soviet Union during the Cold War will be launched at The Australian National University (ANU) on Tuesday June 12.

Author Paul Dibb AM, an Emeritus Professor with the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at ANU, offers an insider’s account, having worked with the highest levels of Australian and American intelligence during the Cold War.

He was one of a few Australian officials given security clearance to access the top-secret facility at Pine Gap in the Northern Territory. “Inside the Wilderness of Mirrors” reveals just how important the US-Australian base was for monitoring Soviet military communications and why it became a nuclear target.

Professor Dibb describes how it felt to be an expert on the Soviet Union at a time when it often meant coming under suspicion from friends and colleagues.

He also outlines how the close the Soviet Union came to war with America in 1983 and whether Russia still presents a threat to the rest of the world today.

His book will be launched by former Defence Secretary Dennis Richardson.

Media are invited to attend.


WHO: Paul Dibb AM, ANU Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, Dennis Richardson AO, Former Defence Secretary and Michael Wesley, Dean, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

WHAT: Launch of “Inside the Wilderness of Mirrors: Australia and the Threat from the Soviet Union in the Cold War and Russia Today”, an insider’s account of Australia’s reaction to the Cold War

WHERE: Atrium, Hedley Bull Building, Garran Road, ANU

WHEN: Tuesday 12 June 2018; 5:30–7:00pm

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