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Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans

Writing for PS since 2010
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Gareth Evans, a former foreign minister of Australia, is President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group, Founding Convenor of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, and an honorary professor at Australian National University. He is the author of The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and For All and co-author of Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play 2015.

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  1. Australia’s Minister of Everything
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    Australia’s Minister of Everything

    Aug 26, 2022 Gareth Evans hopes ex-Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s shocking behavior marks a turning point for a dysfunctional democracy.

  2. The Real Risks of Australia's Submarine Deal
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    The Real Risks of Australia's Submarine Deal

    Sep 22, 2021 Gareth Evans explains why most of the dangers implied by the new AUKUS agreement with the US and the UK can be minimized.

  3. Australia’s China Problem
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    Australia’s China Problem

    Dec 3, 2020 Gareth Evans outlines a five-point strategy aimed at restoring stability to the two countries' bilateral relations.

  4. An End to Australia’s Democratic Pantomime?
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    An End to Australia’s Democratic Pantomime?

    Aug 27, 2018 Gareth Evans sees grounds for hope that, despite yet another prime minister, years of leadership churn may soon end.

  5. When May States Use Force?
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    When May States Use Force?

    Apr 27, 2018 Gareth Evans explains why legal considerations alone can never justify military intervention against sovereign countries.

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    Liz Truss vs. the Bank of England

    Shang-Jin Wei explains how UK policymakers can prevent a financial crisis by helping pensioners and homeowners.
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    What’s Happened to China’s Economy?

    Zhang Jun worries that weakened incentives for local-government policy innovation are undermining dynamism and growth.
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    Women, Life, Freedom, and the Left

    Slavoj Žižek

    Four recent global news stories have revealed the varieties of women’s empowerment, showing how the politics of sex and gender can either challenge or reinforce existing power structures. For Western liberals, understanding these dynamics will be crucial to beating back the new right.

    shows how four recent news events highlight the failings of Western progressives to counter the far right.
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    Toward a Progressive Economic Agenda

    Mariana Mazzucato

    Past policy failures and unmet populist promises represent an opportunity for progressive leaders. But to win power, they must articulate a coherent alternative economic-policy program, focusing not only on redistribution but also on wealth and value creation.

    offers a five-pronged policy blueprint for the left to counter populism and recover electoral relevance.
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    The Gorbachev Diagnosis

    Daniel Yergin revisits a 2001 interview with the former Soviet leader to consider where things went awry for Russia.
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    The Canary in the Inflation Coal Mine

    Jonathan D. Ostry explains why central banks should pay much greater attention to shipping costs.
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    The Crumbling Nuclear Taboo

    Beatrice Fihn urges countries to refrain from responding to Russia's nuclear threats with nuclear threats of their own.
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    The Trussonomics Warning

    Jason Furman explains why all policies intended to help one group must nowadays come at the expense of other groups.
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    The Kremlin’s Suicidal Imperialism

    Nina L. Khrushcheva argues that the illegal annexation of four more Ukrainian territories will handicap future Russian leaders.

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