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Gareth Evans

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Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA has been Chancellor of the Australian National University since January 2010. He was a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments from 1983-96, in the posts of Attorney General, Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Transport and Communications and - from 1988-96 - Foreign Minister. During his 21 years in Australian politics he was Leader of the Government in the Senate (1993-96) and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives (1996-98). From 2000 to 2009 he was President and CEO of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, the independent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation.

He has written or edited 12 books - including Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play 2015 (co-author), Inside the Hawke-Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary (2014), and The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All (2008); has published many newspaper articles and over 100 journal articles and chapters on foreign relations, human rights and legal and constitutional reform; has honorary doctorates from Melbourne, Sydney, Carleton and Queen’s Universities; and has lectured at many universities around the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Yale, Stanford and the Central European University.

He has co-chaired two major International Commissions, on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2000-01), and Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (2008-10), and has been a member of a number of others. He currently Co-Chairs the International Advisory Board of the New-York based Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and is Patron and Emeritus Convenor of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.

Gareth Evans was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2012 for his "eminent service to international relations, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, as an adviser to governments on global policy matters, to conflict prevention and resolution, and to arms control and disarmament", and in the same year was elected an honorary Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia (FASSA). In 2016 he was awarded by the Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Asialink Medal "for long-term commitment to improving Australia-Asia relations". In December 2015 he was made a Companion of the Order of O.R. Tambo by South Africa for his contributions to the anti-apartheid movement. Foreign Policy magazine cited him as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2011 "for making 'the responsibility to protect' more than academic". In 2010 he was awarded the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Four Freedoms Award for Freedom from Fear, for his pioneering work on the Responsibility to Protect concept and his contributions to conflict prevention and resolution, arms control and disarmament.

(August 2016)

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Recent Speeches, Papers and Comments

"Korea's Presidential election: International implications", Panel Presentation by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC to Asialink Business Forum, Melbourne, 15 June 2017

"Celebrating Paul Dibb", Remarks by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC at Dinner celebrating launch of Desmond Ball and Sheryn Lee (eds), Geography, Power, Strategy and Defence Policy: Essays in Honour of Paul Dibb (ANU Press, 2017), Canberra, 5 June 2017

"Global Shocks", Panel presentation at EU-Australia Leadership Forum, Sydney, 5 June 2017

"Trump, Putin and the future of the Second Nuclear Age", Panel presentation at Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity, Jeju, Republic of Korea, 1 June 2017

"The role of Middle Powers in Asia's future", Panel presentation at Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity, Jeju, Republic of Korea, 1 June 2017

"Australia's Foreign Policy: Retrospect and Prospect", Launch by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC of Allan Gyngell, Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World Since 1942 (LaTrobe, 2017), National Press Club, Canberra, 13 April 2017

"Taking Stock of the Responsibility to Protect: Achievements and Challenges",  Public Lecture/Inter, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 22 March 2017

"Chancellor's Welcome to State of University", Welcome address, ANU, 9 February 2017

"ANU: Celebrating 2016", Welcome address to the 2016 Annual Melbourne Gala Alumni Dinner, Parliament House, Melbourne, 25 November 2016

"Vale Des Ball", Address to Memorial Celebration, Remembering Professor Desmond Ball AO 1947-2016, Llewellyn Hall, ANU, 22 November 2016

"Commonwealth Diplomacy and the End of Apartheid", Inaugural Anthony Low Commonwealth Lecture, The Australian National University, Canberra, 17 November 2016

"Democracy and its Discontents," Dinner address to Collegiate Way International/University Colleges Australia Conference, Old Parliament House, Canberra, 16 November 2016

"Cooperating for Peace in Korea and Northeast Asia", Presentation to Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies and ROK Ministry of National Unification International Conference on Peace and Unification of the Korean Peninsula: Comprehensive Approaches, Seoul, 14 November 2016

"Preparing Asia for Trump", in Project Syndicate (worldwide distribution), 12 November 2016

"Responsibility to Protect (R2P): The ICISS Commission Fifteen Years On", Simons Papers in Security and Development 54/2016, October 2016

"Values and Interests in Foreign Policymaking", Simons Papers in Security and Development 53/2016, October 2016

"Regional Security Challenges", Notes for Presentation to ANU National Security College Indo-Pacific Strategic Policy Program, Melbourne, 10 October 2016

"Conflict Prevention, Resolution and Peace Support Operations: How Middle Powers can make a Difference", Presentation to Global Affairs Canada/Department of National Defense/Canadian Armed Forces Forum, Ottawa, 20 September 2016

"Living with the new China - and that other Superpower", Presentation to Global Affairs Canada Roundtable, Ottawa, 19 September 2016

"The Responsibility to Protect: The ICISS Commission Fifteen Years On," Presentation at Simon Fraser University Faculty/Student Seminar, Vancouver, 16 September 2016

"Values and Interests in Foreign Policymaking", Public Lecture at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 15 September 2016

"On Nuclear First Strike, White is Wrong", in East Asia Forum, 31 August 2016

"Living with Putin's Russia", Opening Address to ANU Humanities Research Centre Conference on Putin's Russia in the Wake of the Cold War, Canberra, 24 August 2016

"The US and China in Asia: How Should Australia Respond?" Address to National Press Club Canberra Writers Week Forum with Hugh White, Canberra, 23 August 2016

"Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament", in Humane Rights (Helen Sykes and Spencer Zifcak (eds), Future Leaders, 2016

"R2P: The Next Ten Years" in The Oxford Handbook of the Responsibility to Protect, Alex Bellamy and Tim Dunne (eds), Oxford University Press, 2016

"Unveiling Ian Young", remarks on unveiling of portrait of former Vice-Chancellor Ian Young, The Australian National University, 1 August 2016

"Australia's Puerile Politics on the Global Stage", in Project Syndicate (worldwide distribution), 1 August 2016

"Celebrating ANU's 70th Birthday", address at Llewellyn Hall, The Australian National University, 1 August 2016

"Hiroshima Tree Planting Ceremony", remarks at Crawford School of Public Policy, 21 July 2016

"Celebrating Bob O'Neill", launch of War, Strategy and History: Essays in Honour of Professor Robert O'Neill (ANU Press, 2016), Canberra, 20 July 2016

"The South China Sea is not China's", in Project Syndicate (worldwide distribution), 12 July 2016

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Recent Videos and Broadcasts

"Cambodia: traumatic past, troubled future", podcast with Simon Springer, Asia and the Pacific Policy Society, 29 July 2016

"Democracy in Action", Gareth Evans and Greg Sheridan in Conversation with Sally Warhaft, Wheeler Centre Fifth Estate, 28 July 2016

 "Sparing Civilians in War", interview of Dr Seth Lazar, Senior Research Fellow, ANU School of Philosophy, 2 December 2015

International Crisis Group Founder's Award Presentation, New York, 26 October 2015Introductory Video andPresentation and Response by HM Queen Noor and Gareth Evans, Speeches Transcript

"Working Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons", Japan NHK World News Artcicle and Video Interview with Chair of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans, 26 August 2015

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Recent Books




Inside the Hawke-Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary (Melbourne University Press, 2014) xvii + 414 pp

‘A joy to read. Fascinating in its wealth of detail, Gareth Evans’s first-hand account is utterly absorbing. Some of the exchanges are gems, as is the book as a piece of political history.’ ALAN RAMSEY

‘The irrepressible Gareth Evans doesn’t hold back in a diary that records the day-to-day achievements and frustrations of ministerial life and is bitingly frank about colleagues.’ MICHELLE GRATTAN

‘Gareth Evans at his best - sharp, compelling and revelatory’ - PAUL KELLY

The Diary can be purchased from MUP here

Peter Craven's review for The Australian

Nick Richardson's review for the Herald Sun can be accessed

Jonathan Green's review for the SMH/Age can be accessed

David Day's review for the Australian Book Review can be accessed

Denis Atkin's report for the Courier Mail can be accessed

Tony Wright's report for the SMH/Age can be accessed



Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play 2015 (with Ramesh Thakur and Tanya Ogilvie-White co-authors), Canberra, Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, 2015, xxv + 304 pp

An updated and expanded edition of the report first published in 2013,  describing the world’s progress - or lack of it - in meeting the commitments and recommendations of the 2010 NPT Review Conference, the 2010-12-14 Nuclear Security Summits, and the 2009 Eliminating Nuclear Threats report of the Evans-Kawaguchi International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.

Like its highly-praised predecessor, the 2015 State of Play report - launched in Geneva, Vienna, Washington DC and other world capitalsin March and April 2015 - is a comprehensive analysis of current issues in nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, security and peaceful uses, and will prove an invaluable  information resource and advocacy tool for policymakers and civil society activists.

Available online here

Site last updated 1 September 2016

Website Contents

Full-length and summary biographies of Gareth Evans.

Books, monographs, chapters, journal articles and opinion page articles by Gareth Evans, and co-authored commission reports.

Major speeches and papers by Gareth Evans, as foreign minister and subsequently.

Videos and Broadcasts
Since 2011.

Information about organisations with which Gareth Evans is or has been associated.

Selected photographs.

Email and university addresses.


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