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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 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.

(February 2016)

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Recent Speeches, Papers and Comments


"Good News for Humanity", in Project Syndicate (worldwide distribution), 26 May 2016

"Finding Common Ground: Negotiating Across Cultures on Peace and Security Issues", Seventh Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue, Durham University, 4 May 2016

"Playing by the Rules in Asia", in Project Syndicate (worldwide distribution), 26 April 2016

"Saving the World's Refugees: Syria and Beyond", Keynote Address to Aurora Dialogues, Yerevan, Armenia, 23 April 2016

"The Nuclear Policy Agenda: Where to Next?" Opening Keynote Address to CNND/Ukraine Embassy Nuclear Forum, Eliminating Nuclear Threats: Lessons from Chernobyl and Fukushima, ANU, Canberra, 19 April 2016

"The World at your Feet: How to Build a Career in Foreign Relations", in The Conversation, 15 April 2016

"So you Want to be a Diplomat", remarks at Launch of Young Diplomats Society, Melbourne, 14 April 2016

"Learning from Libya", in Project Syndicate (worldwide distribution), 8 April 2016

"Australia's Role as Peacemaker: Cambodia First and Last?" presentation to Research Workshop Australia as Peacemaker? Conflict Resolution in Australian Foreign Policy, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, 8 April 2016

"Protecting Myanmar's Minorities", presentation to Public Seminar on Post-2015 Myanmar and Minority Protection under the NLD: Challenges and Opportunities, Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 16 March 2016

"R2P: Still in Need of the Friends", address to the Group of Friends of the Responsibility to Protect, hosted by Permanent Representatives of Rwanda and The Netherlands, New York, 26 February 2016

"Taking Stock of R2P", address to the Thematic Event Convened by the President of the UN General Assembly, From Commitment to Implementation: Ten Years of the Responsibility to Protect, Trusteeship Council Chamber, New York, 26 February 2016

"The Anglosphere Illusion", in Project Syndicate (worldwide distribution) , 18 February 2016

"How to rid the world of genocide", in The Washington Post, 15 February 2016

"Welcoming Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt", address given at ANU Staff Welcome, Llewellyn Hall, 4 February 2016

"The Changing Face of Conflict", in The Future of Conflict, International Crisis Group's 20th Anniversary Essays, 21 December 2015

"The Seven Larger than Life Australian Public Service Dwarfs", Launch of Samuel Furphy (ed), The Seven Dwarfs and the Age of the Mandarins: Australian Government Administration in the Post-War Reconstruction Era (ANU Press, 2015), Canberra, 17 December 2015

"The Reponsibility to Protect: Ten Years On", Address to the South African Institute of International Affairs, Pretoria 7 December 2015 and Cape Town 9 December 2015

"Beating Genocide", in Project Syndicate (Worldwide Distribution), 4 December 2015

"Farewelling Vice Chancellor Ian Young", Extract from 2015 Annual ANU Council Dinner, Great Hall, University House, 3 December 2015

"International Policy Implications Arising from Australia's Engagement in Nuclear Fuel Cycle Activities", Outline of Issues presented to the South Australia Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission, Adelaide, 2 December 2015

"Why Peace Processes Fail", Launch of Jasmine-Kim Westendorf, Why Peace Processes Fail: Negotiating Insecurity After Civil War (Lynne Reiner Publishers, 2015), La Trobe University, Melbourne 30 November 2015

"Combating Terrorist Recruitment", in Project Syndicate (Worldwide Distribution), 27 November 2015

"Australia's Regional Future", Opening Keynote Address to the 6th Annual Crawford PhD Conference, Friends and Partners: The Future of Regional Groupings Among Asia-Pacific Countries,  Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU, Canberra, 24 November 2015

"Navigating Australia's Relations with China and the United States", Keynote Dinner Address to China Matters 2nd National Meeting, Melbourne, 19 November 2015


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Recent Videos and Broadcasts

"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

Transcript of ABC Radio National Breakfast Interview by Fran Kelly with former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans, "Should Australia Expand its Military Operations in Syria?", 26 August 2015

"Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play", Report to the International Peace Institute, 22 April 2015

"Proliferation Prognostication", Panel Dicussion to the 2015 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, 24 March 2015

"McKell Institute Foreign Policy Forum with Gareth Evans, Bob Carr and Talal Yassine", K&L Gates, 16 February 2015.

'Episode 43: Gareth Evans", Interview with Mark Goldberg, Global Dispatches, 28 November 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

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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 30 May 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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