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Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans

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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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    Banking on the World Bank’s Knowledge

    Wempi Saputra identifies three areas in which the organization’s client countries could use more guidance.
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    The Algorithm and Its Discontents

    Mariana Mazzucato & Ilan Strauss

    Deploying algorithms to maximize user engagement is how Big Tech firms maximize shareholder value, with short-term profits often overriding longer-term business objectives. Now that AI is poised to supercharge the platform economy, new rules and governance structures are urgently needed to safeguard the public.

    propose five principles to ensure that the digital economy serves the public good before short-term profit.
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    Judgment Days for Democracy

    Nicholas Reed Langen suspects that judges will play an increasingly central role in protecting democracy against populist assaults.
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    A Global Cash-Transfer Fund Could End Extreme Poverty

    Cina Lawson & Rory Stewart

    Cash transfers offer a transformative solution to multidimensional poverty, by enhancing dozens of outcomes simultaneously. They have already proven effective, adaptable, and replicable, and now they are becoming more attainable every year with growing mobile coverage and improved digital infrastructure.

    show that the conditions are ripe for deploying lump-sum payments to the world’s poorest people.
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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.
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    Japan as Number Four

    Takatoshi Ito hopes the news that the economy has slipped from third place globally will serve as a wake-up call.
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    The Financial March to War

    Harold James explains how currency wars and speculation could feature in today’s great-power conflicts.
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    A Stablecoin Pilot in China?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng see an opportunity in Hong Kong’s efforts to establish a regulatory regime for issuers of the cryptoasset.
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    The War for the West

    Ivan Krastev interviewed by Sławomir Sierakowski about the conflict in Ukraine and the challenges facing Western democracies in a changing world.

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