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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 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.

(December 2014)

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Recent Speeches, Papers and Comments

"R2P: Looking Back, Looking Forward", Keynote Dinner Address to APR2P/ GCR2P/ Stanley Foundation/ ICRtoP Conference on The Responsibility to Protect at 10: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities in the Asia Pacific, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 26 February 2015

"Making Australian Foreign Policy in 2015: What are Australia's Real Interests?", Notes for Panel Presentation to McKell Institute Forum, K&L Gates, Sydney, 11 February 2015

"Launching the ANU's Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs", Vote of Thanks to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, ANU, Canberra, 4 February 2015

"Limiting the Security Council Veto", in Project Syndicate (Worldwide Distribution), 5 February 2014

"What I have Learned About Democratic Governance", Notes for Presentation to King Prajadhipok Institute, Bangkok, 3 February 2013

"R2P: The Next Ten Years" in The Oxford Handbook on The Responsibility to Protect, Alexander Bellamy and Tim Dunne (eds), Oxford University Press (forthcoming)

"The French Veto Restraint Proposal: Making it Work", Panel Presentation to International Conference on Limiting the Use of Veto at the UN Security Council in the Case of Mass Atrocities, Sciences Po, Paris, 21 January 2015

"Getting to a Saner Global Nuclear Order", Keynote Dinner Address to RMIT/MIT Conference on Reassessing the Global Nuclear Order: Past, Present and Future, Melbourne, 10 January 2015

"East Asia's New Year Resolutions", in Project Syndicate (Worldwide Distribution), 30 December 2014

"Honoring Bob Mathews: An Outstanding Contributor to World Peace", Remarks to event celebrating winning of inaugural OPCW-The Hague Award by Dr Robert Mathews, Law School, University of Melbourne, 12 December 2014

All Speeches and Publications

Recent Videos and Broadcsts

"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

"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

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

Peter Craven's review for The Australian can be accessed here

Nick Richardson's review for the Herald Sun can be accessed here

Jonathan Green's review for the SMH/Age can be accessed here

David Day's review for the Australian Book Review can be accessed here

Denis Atkin's report for the Courier Mail can be accessed here

Tony Wright's report for the SMH/Age can be accessed here


Site last updated 27 February 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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