Alexander Korolev

Alexander Korolev

Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales

Alexander Korolev is a senior lecturer in politics and international relations in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. His research interests include international relations and international security in the Asia-Pacific region, China and Russia's respective foreign policy and domestic politics, and China-Russia-US relations in East and Southeast Asia. He is also the author of China-Russia Strategic Alignment in International Politics (2022) and has published widely in journals such as International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Review, Journal of Strategic Studies, Studies in Comparative International Development, Pacific Affairs, Asian Security, Chinese Journal of International Politics and The China Review.


Fighters of Wagner private mercenary group pull out of the headquarters of the Southern Military District to return to base, in the city of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on 24 June 2023. (Stringer/Reuters)

Wagner’s failed mutiny and China-Russia relations: Not weakness but strength

While some analysts say that the Wagner mutiny has revealed a weak Russia, China and other authoritarian regimes may see President Putin’s actions and outcomes achieved as an affirmation of strength. Academic Alexander Korolev explains.
People attend a rally and a concert marking the annexation of four regions of Ukraine Russian troops occupy — Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, at Red Square in central Moscow, Russia, on 30 September 2022. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP)

How closely aligned are China and Russia, really?

University of New South Wales academic Alexander Korolev takes stock of the China-Russia relationship from the angles of consistency, growing military-technical cooperation, and structural shifts in great power politics.