Misha Zelinsky

Fulbright Scholar

Misha Zelinsky is the Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union, Australia’s oldest blue-collar trade union. He is a director of Cbus Super, an industry superannuation pension fund with $60 billion under management. Misha was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in Australian-US Alliance Studies (AUSMIN Indo-Pacific Scholarship).

Misha is a lawyer, economist and public policy expert with a Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics. He has extensive experience in Australian politics and public policy and as the Secretary of Labor's National Policy Forum has responsibility for coordinating Labor's national policy platform.

He is the host of the foreign policy podcast ‘Diplomates – A Geopolitical Chinwag' and regularly features in Australian print and electronic media. His book ‘The Write Stuff: Voices of Unity on Labor’s Future' was released in late 2020.

As a Fulbright Scholar at CSBA, Misha will research the insidious problem of political warfare conducted against democracies by hostile state actors as well as the return of geo-strategic systems competition. The project plans to promote steps that allied democracies must take individually and collectively to safeguard their democratic and public institutions from political warfare, restore democracies internally, and respond to these attacks.