David Lovell is a Professor of Politics and Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, at the University of New South Wales at ADFA. During 2004 he was Acting Rector of UNSW@ADFA, and in 2008 he was Deputy Rector. He gained his doctorate in the field of the History of Ideas, and his major research interests are in the problems of democratisation. In 1992 he was the Australian Parliamentary Political Science Fellow, and in 1993 was Visiting Professor at the Russian Diplomatic Academy in Moscow. He is on the Advisory Board of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, and is co-editor of its journal, The European Legacy. He is also a member of the Australian Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP). He initiated the University’s links with the Shanghai Institute for International Studies in 2001, and has forged university links with Manipal University, India, and Airlangga University, Indonesia. During 2005 he was a Visiting Fellow at ANU National Europe Centre and the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, and concurrently held a visiting professorship at the European Information Centre in Berlin. In 2005 he was invited to the EU’s ‘A Soul for Europe’ initiative in Budapest, and in 2006 he spoke at the Beijing Forum on harmony and governance. He has written or edited more than a dozen books on topics including Australian politics, communist and post-communist systems, and the history of ideas. His most recent publications include: The Transition: Evaluating the postcommunist experience (edited, 2002); Asia-Pacific Security: Policy Challenges (edited, 2003; second edn 2004); Freedom and Equality in Marx’s Utopia (edited, special issue of The European Legacy, 2004); Our Unswerving Loyalty: A documentary survey of relations between the Communist Party of Australia and Moscow, 1920-1940 (with K. Windle, edited, 2008); and Protecting Civilians during Violent Conflict: Theoretical and practical issues for the 21st Century (with I. Primoratz, edited, forthcoming 2011).