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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). 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.

(September 2015)

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Recent Speeches, Papers and Comments

"Deliberating the Dismissal", Panel Presentation at ANU College of Law Public Law Weekend, Constitutional Deliberations, Canberra, 1 October 2015

"Australia's Pantomime Democracy", in Project Syndicate (Worldwide Distribution), 16 September 2015

"Revisiting the 1965 Indonesian Coup", Opening address to AIIA/ANU Southeast Asia Centre Conference to Mark 50th Anniversary of the 30 September Coup in Indonesia, ANU, Canberra, 17 September 2015

"Good International Citizenship: Values and Interests in Foreign Policymaking", Address to Sydney Law School, 27 August 2015

"A Radioactive Bank to be Welcomed", in Project Syndicate (Worldwide Distribution), 24 August 2015

"Celebrating the UN's 70th Anniverary", Keynote Address to the Annual Conference of the United Nations Association of Australia, Canberra, 21 August, 2015

"R2P at Ten: Taking Stock", Lecture to “Coping with Crisis” Course, SDSC, ANU, Canberra, 19 August 2015; and Politics, International Relations and National Security Student Association, University of Canberra, 20 August 2015

"Foreign Policy: How is Australia Travelling?", Opening Address to the Inaugural "Australia 360" Conference, How is Australia Travelling in Today's World?, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Afairs, ANU, Canberra, 19 August 2015

"Our Common Humanity: Responding to Humanitarian Crises", World Humanitarian Day Address to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, 19 August 2015

"Remembering Vice-Chancellor Anthony Low", Remarks at the Memorial Celebration for the late Professor Anthony Low, University House Great Hall, ANU, 31 July 2015

All Speeches and Publications

Recent Videos and Broadcsts

"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

All Videos and Broadcasts

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 1 October 2015

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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