We are used to vehemently decrying Putin’s domestic and foreign actions, but have we begun to exaggerate the Russian threat, fuelling hatred, suspicion and sowing misunderstanding? Is it time we re-evaluate our expectation that Russia will behave like other democratic nations or respond constructively to traditional punishments like sanctions? Host of ABC RN's Between the Lines and political advisor Tom Switzer and Emeritus Professor Graeme Gill debate the issue with Walkley Award–winning former ABC Russia correspondent Monica Attard moderating.

Events in Bay 17 at Carriageworks are closed-captioned.

Tom Switzer (Australian)

Tom Switzer

Tom Switzer is executive director of the Centre for Independent Studies, a Sydney-based public policy research organisation. He is also a presenter on ABC’s Radio National and a columnist with The Sydney Morning Herald. He’s written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and The Spectator in the U.K.

Graeme Gill (Australian)

Graeme Gill

Graeme Gill is professor emeritus at the University of Sydney and a long-time student of Russian and Soviet politics. His most recent book, Collective Leadership in Soviet Politics, is a study of the dynamics of leadership in the USSR from 1917 until 1991. He is currently working on a study of leadership in authoritarian systems more generally. He has worked widely on the importance of symbolism and Soviet and Russian politics, as well as on the history of the state and democratisation.

Monica Attard (Australian)

Monica Attard

Monica Attard has been a journalist for more than 30 years, working much of that time at the ABC where she was a foreign correspondent, reporter and program host. Monica has hosted most of the ABC’s prime time current affairs programs, including PM, The World Today and Media Watch. She is the recipient of five Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism, an Order of Australia, and an Arts/Law degree. Monica is also the author of a bestselling book on the collapse of Soviet communism, called Russia: Which Way Paradise?. Monica is now Head of Journalism at UTS in Sydney.