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Gareth Evans

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Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC has been Chancellor of the Australian National University since January 2010, and is President Emeritus of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, the independent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation which he led from 2000 to 2009.

He previously spent 21 years in Australian politics, thirteen of them as a Cabinet Minister. As Foreign Minister (1988-96) he was best known internationally for his roles in developing the UN peace plan for Cambodia, concluding the Chemical Weapons Convention, and initiating new Asia Pacific regional economic and security architecture. He has written or edited nine books - most recently The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All, published by the Brookings Institution in 2008 (paperback edition 2009) - and has published over 100 journal articles and chapters on foreign relations, human rights and legal and constitutional reform.

He has co-chaired two major International Commissions, on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2000-01), and Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (2008-10) whose report Eliminating Nuclear Threats was published in December 2009. He was a member of the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change (2004), the Blix Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction (2006), the Zedillo Commission of Eminent Persons on The Role of the IAEA to 2020 and Beyond (2008) and the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention. He is Co-Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

Gareth Evans was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) on 11 June 2012 for "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." In December 2011 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 May 2010 Gareth Evans was awarded the 2010 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 2012)

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Recent Speeches, Papers and Comments

"Bob Carr's Diary of a Foreign Minister", Book Launch, Sydney, 14 April 2014

"The Ukraine Nuclear Delusion", in Project Syndicate (Worldwide Distribution), 19 March 2014

"What Can We Do ABout Nuclear Disarmament?", Keynote Address to the CNS/Monterey Institure Workshop on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Annecy, 14 March 2014

"After Syria: the Future of the Responsibility to Protect", 2014 S.T. Lee Lecture to the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 12 March 2014

'Lessons from Intervention in the 21st Century - Legality, Legitimacy and Feasability', Column in Global Policy's forthcoming e-book, 12 March 2014

"The Governance of the Modern Australian University: One Approach or Many?", Panel Presentation to the Universities Australia Annual Higher Education Conference, Canberra, 27 February 2014

"Cambodia's Violent Peace", in Project Syndicate (Worldwide Distribution), 26 February 2014

"Responding to Iran's Nuclear Challenge", Panel Presentation to Lowy Insititute/Council on Foreign Relations Council of Councils Fifth Regional Conference, Sydney, 24 February 2014

"Sorry is the Hardest Word", in Project Syndicate (Worldwide Distribution), 28 January 2014

"Nuclear Arms Control: A Realistic Global Agenda", APLN CNND Policy Brief No 8, January 2014

All Speeches and Publications

Recent Videos and Broadcasts

"Gareth Evans remembers Nelson Mandela", Interview with Chris Hammer, Brisbane Times, 6 December 2013

"Former Foreign Minister Gareth Evans remembers Nelson Mandela"
, Interview with Steve Cannane, ABC, Lateline, 6 December 2013

"Interview with Gareth Evans" (Aung San Suu Kyi; Indonesia Spying Scandal), Interview with Fran Kelly, Radio National Breakfast, 29 November 2013

"Asian Leaders for a Non-nuclear Future", Interview with NHK Asian Voices, 13 November 2013

"R2P: Protect or protract?" (Syria), Interview with Russia Today, 12 September 2013

"Robust Syria Action"
, Interview with BBC Radio 4 (20 minutes in), 30 August 2013 (right-click, save link as)

"Interview with Gareth Evans" (Syria), Interview with Fran Kelly, Radio National Breakfast, 30 August 2013

"The Moral Case on Syria", Interview with Norman Swan, Late Night Live, Radio National, 29 August 2013

All Videos and Broadcasts


Site last updated 18 March 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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