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Gareth Evans

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Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA 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 eleven books - including Inside the Hawke-Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary (2014), Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play (co-editor, 2013) 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 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). 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 2014)

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Recent Speeches, Papers and Comments

"Zone of Crisis: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq", Launch of Amin Saikal, Zone of Crisis: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq (I.B. Tauris, London, 2014) ANU, Canberra, 22 October 2014

"The Limits of Sovereignty: The Case of Mass Atrocity Crimes", Keynote Address to Research School of Asia and the Pacific Symposium, Landscapes of Sovereignty in Asia and the Pacific, ANU, Canberra, 22 October 2014

"Appreciating the United Nations", Opening Address to the National Capital Model United Nations Conference, ANU, Canberra, 3 October 2014

"Patrick White's Legacy", Launch of Cynthia vanden Driesen and Bill Ashcroft (eds), Patrick White Centenary: The Legacy of a Prodigal Son (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), ANU, Canberra, 2 October 2014

"The Limits to Fighting the Islamic State", in Project Syndicate (Worldwide Distribution), 23 September 2014

"Australia's Role in the Struggle for Democracy in South Africa", Launch of the Australasian South African Alliance Exhibition, Customs House, Sydney, 11 September 2014

"A legitimate, humane mission in Iraq to halt Islamic State extremism", in The Australian, 2 September 2014

"Inside the Hawke-Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary", Launch of Gareth Evans, Inside the Hawke-Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary, Canberra, 27 August 2014

"The Right Iraqi Intervention", in Project Syndicate (Worldwide Distribution), 13 August 2014

"Humanitarian Architecture", Launch of Esther Charlesworth, Humanitarian Architecture: 15 Stories of Architects Working After Disaster, Melbourne, 12 August 2014

All Speeches and Publications

Recent Videos and Broadcsts

"Workshop on Crises", Presentation to University of Essex Crisis Workshop, Department of Government, University of Essex, 10 May 2014

"Professor the Honourable Gareth Evans", Interview with Margaret Throsby, Midday Interview, ABC Classic FM, 11 September 2014

"Diary of the Hawke Keating Years", Interview with Phillip Adams, Late Night Live, ABC TV, 3 September 2014

"Inside the Hawke-Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary", Full Audio Recording of the Book Launch, Australianpolitics.com, 27 August

"Gareth Evans", Podcast Interview with Michelle Grattan, The Conversation, 26 August 2014

"Team Australia, Terror and Tinderboxes", Appearance on Q&A, ABC TV, 25 August 2014

"Former Labor Foreign Minister Gareth Evans releases his cabinet diaries", Interview with Michael Rowland, ABC News Breakfast, 25 August 2014

"New Book: Inside the Hawke-Keating Government", Interview with Fran Kelly, Radio National Breakfast, 25 August 2014

All Videos and Broadcasts

New Book


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


Site last updated 24 October 2014

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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