Welcome to the personal website of Gareth Evans
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.
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Recent Speeches, Papers and Comments
"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
"Finding Common Ground: Negotiating Across Cultures on Peace and Security Issues", in Global Policy, June 2016
"Crawford Providing Australian Policy Leadership", in Australian Financial Review, 20 June 2016
"Opening the Crawford Australian Leadership Forum", National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 19 June 2016
"Remarks on Presentation of 2015 Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Asia Medal", Asialink Dinner, Sydney, 16 June 2016
"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
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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 2015: Introductory 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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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 12 August 2016
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