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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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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella

    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.

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