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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

"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

"Toward a Nuclear Free and Peaceful Korea and Northeast Asia: Being on the Right Side of History", Paper for 4th Kim Dae-jung Peace Conference, Seoul, 10 December 2014

"Australia and ASEAN", Launch of Sally Percival Wood and Baogang He (eds), The Australia-ASEAN Dialogue: Tracing Forty Years of Partnership  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), State Library, Melbourne, 3 December 2014

"Vietnam: Then and Now", Opening Address to 2014 Vietnam Update: Connected and Disconnected in Vietnam, ANU, Canberra, Monday 1 December 2014

"Why Summits Matter", in Project Syndicate (Worldwide Distribution), 24 November 2014

"Five Challenges for the UN Security Council", Address to the UN Security Council 12th Annual Workshop for Newly Elected Members hosted by Government of Finland, Greentree Foundation, Manhasset, New York, 13 November 2014

"Australia's Role in Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament", Keynote Address to Kokoda Foundation’s Future Strategic Leaders Congress, ANU Coastal Campus, Kioloa NSW, 8 November 2014

All Speeches and Publications

Recent Videos and Broadcsts

'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


Site last updated 12 January 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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