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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 13 books - including Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir (forthcoming, October 2017), 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.

(July 2017)

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Recent Speeches, Papers and Comments

"Regenerating political leadership in a populist age", in Pursuit, The University of Melbourne, 4 December 2017

"Asian Geopolitics in Transition", Keynote Address by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, Chancellor of the Australian National University and Former Australian Foreign Minister to Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit, Melbourne, 29 November 2017

"Australia's Universities: Looking back and looking forward", Launch by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, Chancellor of The Australian National University, of Glyn Davis, The Australian Idea of a University (MUP, 2017 and Stuart McIntyre, Andre Brett and Gwilym Croucher, No End of a Lesson (MUP 2017), University of Melbourne, 23 November 2017

"Supplementing the nuclear ban treaty: a constructive way forward", in ASPI The Strategist, 15 November 2017

"Sir Ninian Stephen", Tribute by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, State Funeral of the late Rt Hon Sir Ninian Stephen KG AK GCMG GCVO KBE QC, St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, 8 November 2017

"The Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty: Prelude to a nuclear free world?", Lecture by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC to the Fourth Annual Waiheke Global Affairs Lecture, Waiheke, New Zealand, 4 November 2017

"Wheeler Centre Festival of Questions: Australian Political Leadership", Presentation by Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC for Wheeler Centre Festival of Questions, Melbourne Town Hall, 15 October 2017

"Incorrigible Optimist: National Press Club Launch", Response by Gareth Evans to Bob Hawke launching Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir (Melbourne University Press, 2017), National Press Club, Canberra, 4 October 2017

"Trump era: Australia should rely less on the US, in The Australian, 2 October 2017

Recent Videos and Broadcasts

"Gareth Evans on optimism and the power of diplomacy", Interview with Kim Williams on ABC Radio National What Keeps Me Awake, 27 October 2017

"Call for Australia to intervene in Cambodia's democratic crisis", Interview with Linda Mottram on ABC Radio PM, 24 October 2017

"Canberra conversations with Gareth Evans", Interview with Sam Roggeveen on The Interpreter podcast, Lowy Institute, 20 October 2017

"Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir", Interview with Emma Griffiths on ABC Radio Brisbane Drive, 17 October 2017

"Incorrigible Optimist", Gareth Evans in conversation with Sally Warhaft, Wheeler Centre Fifth Estate, 16 October 2017

"Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir", Gareth Evans in conversation with Michelle Grattan, 12 October 2017

"Eat, Drink and be Literary", Gareth Evans in conversation with Laura Tingle on Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir, 11 October 2017

"The Conversation Hour", Interview with Jon Faine and Lyn Allison on ABC Radio Melbourne, 9 October 2017

"Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir", Gareth Evans in conversation with Michael Kirby, Writers at Stanton, 5 October 2017

"Gareth Evans foreign view", Interview with Geraldine Doogue on ABC Radio National, 30 September 2017

All Videos and Broadcasts

 

Just Published

 

 

diary

Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir (Melbourne University Press, 2017) xiii + 402 pp

‘Gareth Evans's career serves as an inspiration on how a spirit of optimism coupled with a keen insight for the art of the possible can create real positive change...The man that emerges is truly one of Australia's leading figures and one of the world's great internationalists.’ - KOFI ANNAN

‘Like its author, this book - a must read for anyone interested in Australian and international politics - is lively, at times "in your face", with no holds barred.’ - BOB HAWKE

‘This is a memoir with a purpose. Its timely defence of politics and public service is required reading for anyone seriously interested in Australia and our place in the world.’ - GEORGE MEGALOGENIS

The Memoir can be purchased from MUP here

Some comments:

"...crackles with wit, self-deprecating humour and illuminating insights into both politics and the complexities of public policy" - NORMAN ABJORENSEN, Sydney Morning Herald

"...a vividly articulated account of life in and after politics, passionately argued and richly anecdotal...a lucid, brilliant political memoir" - PETER CRAVEN, The Weekend Australian

"compelling new political memoir, destined to be a standout...Evans is in a different league. His memoir brims with intellectual clarity and substance infused with national and international experience in policy-making" - TROY BRAMSTON, The Australian

"a rollicking good read; a big life of outright fun by a man who leaned in" - GERALDINE DOOGUE, ABC Radio National

"In this political memoir, Evans covers a wide range of policy issues, from education and industry to war and nuclear disarmament. In a style that is nimble, witty, thorough and precise, Evans takes the reader through the business of high-level policy-making" - Books + Publishing

"One of the funniest political memoirs I've read - full of laugh out loud stories - JON FAINE, ABC Radio The Conversation Hour

Some videos and podcasts:

"Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir", Gareth Evans in conversation with Michelle Grattan

"Eat, Drink and be Literary", Gareth Evans in conversation with Laura Tingle on Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir

"Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir", Gareth Evans in conversation with Michael Kirby

Some reviews:

Troy Bramston's review for The Australian

Ramesh Thakur reviews for Asia & The Pacific Policy Society and Australian Outlook

Graeme Dobell's review for ASPI The Strategist

Peter Craven's review for Weekend Australian

Norman Abjorensen's review for Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times

Recent Books

 

 

diary

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

Jonathan Green's review for the SMH/Age

David Day's review for the Australian Book Review

Denis Atkin's report for the Courier Mail

Tony Wright's report for the SMH/Age

 

 

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 8 December 2017

Website Contents

Biography
Full-length and summary biographies of Gareth Evans.

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

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

Videos and Broadcasts
Since 2011.

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

Images
Selected photographs.

Contact
Email and university addresses.




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