Cold War

Why Russia remains relevant

Paul Dibb launches his new book 'Inside the Wilderness of Mirrors: Australia and the Threat from the Soviet Union in the Cold War and Russia Today'

Inside the Wilderness of Mirrors: Australia and the threat from the Soviet Union in the Cold War and Russia today

Throughout the Cold War Paul Dibb worked with the highest levels of Australian and American intelligence, and was one of very few Australian officials to be given the top-secret security clearance

The Kibeho Massacre, 1995 – what happened and why?

In April 1995, elements of the Rwandan People’s Army, while closing a large internally displaced person’s camp at Kibeho in south-west Rwanda, opened fire on its inhabitants. The United Nations peacekeepers that were there, Zambian and Australian, were unable to stand in the way and a large number of the camp’s inhabitants, likely in the thousands, were killed. The outline of events is well known and numerous, often harrowing, accounts of the Australian experience have been produced.

Inside the Wilderness of Mirrors: Australia and the Threat from the Soviet Union in the Cold War and Russia Today

Paul Dibb’s book is a unique Cold War memoir that gives insights into how Australia saw the threat from the Soviet Union in terms of both national intelligence assessments and ASIO’s operations against the Soviet Embassy. It reveals the crucial importance of the US-Australian base at Pine Gap for monitoring Soviet military communications and why it was Moscow’s nuclear target. And he sets out how close the Soviet Union was to nuclear war with America in 1983.

Official ASIO history says it was penetrated by foreign spies

An official history of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation has conceded it was penetrated by Soviet agents during the latter half of the Cold War, confirming suspicions held for decades about why the domestic spy agency struggled against Communist targets.

Politics podcast: John Blaxland on The Secret Cold War - The Official History of ASIO

In the third volume of The Official History of ASIO series, historians Dr John Blaxland and Dr Rhys Crawley examine the organisation’s role in the years leading to the end of the Cold War.

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