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Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans

Writing for PS since 2010
75 commentaries

Gareth Evans was Australia’s Foreign Minister from 1988-96, President of the International Crisis Group from 2000-09, and Chancellor of Australian National University from 2010-19. He is the author of The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and For All (Brookings Institution Press, 2009).

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  1. Revitalizing the Struggle for Human Rights
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    Revitalizing the Struggle for Human Rights

    Dec 9, 2022 Gareth Evans offers eight principles to guide advocates as they try to put progress back on track.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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    The Age of Verbiage

    Arvind Subramanian blames today’s nonstop inundation of expert opinion for undermining the quality of public discourse.
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    Davos Man Has a People Problem

    Antara Haldar suspects that the socially “disembedded” economic logic of globalization has gone as far as it can go.
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    Eliminate the Debt Ceiling

    Willem H. Buiter thinks the US Constitution and common sense argue for a de facto abolition of the cap.
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    Japan’s Fiscal Dilemma

    Takatoshi Ito explains why the country’s deficit-financed spending spree endangers its national security.
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    Too Soon for Global Optimism

    Kenneth Rogoff

    It is hard to reconcile the jubilant mood of many business leaders with the uncertainty caused by the war in Ukraine. While there are some positive signs of economic recovery, a sudden escalation could severely destabilize the global economy, cause a stock market crash, and accelerate deglobalization.

    warns that the Ukraine war and economic fragmentation are still jeopardizing world growth prospects.
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    Why Europe’s Franco-German Engine Is Stalling

    Jean Pisani-Ferry cautions that the two countries' differences are so substantial that a hasty compromise will not suffice.
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    Central Banks Should Slow Down

    Lucrezia Reichlin fears the consequences of excessive interest-rate hikes in the US, the UK, and especially the eurozone.
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    Three Cheers for Hybrid Work

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg thinks the advantages of more flexible labor arrangements outweigh the disadvantages.
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    The German Lamb Is Learning to Howl

    Josef Joffe

    The nation that went to the gates of Moscow in World War II has become as aggressive as a cuddly cat. But with its decision to send Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine, Germany's "culture of reticence," particularly with respect to Russia, may soon be a thing of the past.

    examines the origins and implications of the landmark decision to send battle tanks to Ukraine.

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