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30 Years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall. How Communism and Post-communism are tracking?


31 January and 1 February 2019


Griffith Business School Building (G42), Level 4 function room

Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies (AACaPS) was set up in 1990 by the late Professor T H Rigby, an internationally-renowned Sovietologist and long-serving member of the ANU academic staff. The Association has been led by a number of distinguished scholars, such as Leslie Holmes, Graeme Gill and Kirill Nourzhanov. It is current led by Alexandr Akimov from Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics at Griffith University.

2011 AACaPS-X was launched by Hon. Bob Hawke and marked resurgence in interdisciplinary scholarly interest in communist and post-communist societies. The growing importance of China, more active role of Putin administration in global affairs, and growing instability around North Korea spurred the interest further.

Year 2019 marks an important milestone in global affairs – 30 year since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Since then, some countries, mainly in Eastern Europe, undertook widespread economic and political reforms are now an integral part of Western society. In some other countries, mainly post-Soviet, the political and economic transition has been slower with some uncertain outcomes. In Asia, the approach was very different. In countries like China and Vietnam, there have been substantial market reforms but little political progress. The stand-out country is North Korea, which remains communist and is the cause of instability in the region.

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The 2019 Conference will be co-hosted by the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics and the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University, along with the National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury.

Dr. Alexandr Akimov, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, will be the conference convenor.

Main discussion topics*

  1. Central and Eastern Europe: Challenges of EU accession and post-accession.
  2. Russia and its role in global affairs.
  3. China under Xi Jinping’s leadership.
  4. Crisis on the Korean Peninsula and the prospects for peace.
  5. Central Asia and its recent developmental dynamics.

*This list is not exclusive. Other relevant topics welcome.

Call for papers

Key dates

  • Submission deadline: 25 August 2018
  • Panel and abstract acceptance notification issued: 10 September 2018

Contact us

Dr Alexandr Akimov

Conference Convenor

PH: (07) 5552 8579

E: aacaps2019@griffith.edu.au