24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans was a Cabinet member throughout the Hawke-Keating years, as Attorney-General (1983-84), Minister for Resources and Energy (1984-87), Minister for Transport and Communications (1987-88) and Foreign Minister (1988-96). As Senator for Victoria from 1978 to 1996, he was Deputy Leader (1987-93) then Leader of the Government in the Senate (1993- 96); as Member for Holt (1996-99) he served as Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 1996 to 1998. He left Australian politics to become President and CEO of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group from 2000 to 2009, and has been Chancellor of the Australian National University since 2010.

 

Canberra Writers Festival events

Geopolitical and sectarian challenges to Australia from the Middle East

Eastern Promise or clear and present danger? Geopolitical and sectarian challenges to Australia from the Middle East: Gareth Evans in conversation with Amin Saikal and Raihan Ismail.

Join international affairs expert Gareth Evans and two of Australia’s premier academic experts on Middle Eastern, Arabic and Islamic issues and Australia’s former Foreign Minister as they discuss challenges for Australia as a result of geopolitical instability and the rise of sectarianism in the Middle East.

Date: Sunday 27th August 2017
Time: 10:30am
Venue: University House, Australian National University

Tickets: Free, but bookings required for capacity.

 

War, Peace & Insecurity: Allan Gyngell and Gareth Evans in conversation with Allan Behm

Foreign policy matters to an island nation in uncertain times. Since Allan Gyngell joined Australia’s Department of External Affairs in 1969, he has devoted his career to diplomacy, foreign policy, analysis and intelligence. Now he uses the prism of history to reveal how Australia has evolved as a nation on the world stage.

Sunday 27th August 2017, 12:00pm. University House, Australian National University.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75

 

Power, Policy and Politics with the Professors: Hugh White and Gareth Evans
Living in Post-America Asia

Sunday 27th August 2017, 4:30pm. University House, Australian National University.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75

 

About the book

The book comprises Evans’s diaries during the two years between late 1984 and 1986, when, ‘this was a time when a highly competent government was pretty much top of its game’. It begins on the day that he lost pre-selection for a new House of Representatives seat and covers his initial role as Attorney-General and then (a demotion) as Minister for Resources and Energy. It would have been wonderful if he’d continued his diary through his years as Minister for Transport and Communications and Foreign Minister but he says exhaustion took over and ‘the entries simply petered out.'

Inside the Hawke-Keating Government is published by Melbourne University Publishing.

Buy this book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.

 

More reading

Old men forget: Gareth Evans rewrites public service history, The Canberra Times, March 2016.

The world at your feet: how to build a career in foreign relations, The Conversation, April 2016.

Cambodia: traumatic past, troubled future, Asia & the Pacific Policy Society, July 2016.

Gareth Evans baffled by Ausgrid security concerns ban, The Australian, August 2016.

 

www.gevans.org/biography.html

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