GOOD INTERNATIONAL CITIZENSHIP:
THE CASE FOR DECENCY

Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA
In-Conversation with Emeritus Professor Hugh White AO

Why should Australia care about poverty, human rights atrocities, environmental catastrophes, weapons proliferation or any other problems afflicting faraway countries, when they don’t have any direct or immediate impact on us? Former foreign minister, Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA, Gareth Evans has the answer.

In his new book, Good International Citizenship: The Case For Decency, Gareth Evans argues that to be, and be seen to be, a good international citizen is both a moral imperative and a matter of hard-headed national interest. He examines the four key benchmarks in assessing a country’s record as a good international citizen: its foreign aid generosity; its response to human rights violations; its reaction to conflict, mass atrocities, and the refugee flows in their aftermath; and its contribution to addressing the global existential threats posed by climate change, pandemics and nuclear war. Measured against them, Australia’s overall record has been patchy at best, lamentable at worst, and is presently embarrassingly poor.

Evans suggests that the public need to persuade our political leaders, on both moral and national interest grounds, to change their ways, and to vote them out if they don’t.

Gareth Evans’s book will be the starting point for a wide-ranging discussion on current foreign policy issues with Emeritus Professor Hugh White AO.

Good International Citizenship: The Case for Decency is published by Monash University Publishing, as part of the In the National Interest series.

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Wednesday 1 June 2022, 6pm - 7.15pm

Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building,
UniSA City West Campus,
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SPEAKERS

PROFESSOR THE HON GARETH EVANS AC QC FASSA FAIIA
FORMER CABINET MINISTER 

gareth evans

Gareth Evans AC QC was a Cabinet minister throughout the Hawke– Keating governments, including as foreign minister from 1988 to 1996. In his 21-year parliamentary career, he served as both leader of the government in the Senate and deputy leader of the Opposition. After leaving politics, he was president of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group from 2000 to 2009, and chancellor of the Australian National University from 2010 to 2019, where he is now Distinguished Honorary Professor.

Gareth presented the 2003 Annual Hawke Lecture: Waging War and Making Peace.

Gareth Evans website

HUGH WHITE AO
EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF STRATEGIC STUDIES,
STRATEGIC AND DEFENCE STUDIES CENTRE,
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

hugh white

Hugh White AO is Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. He studies Australian strategic and defence policy, and regional and global strategic issues as they affect Australia. He has been an intelligence analyst, a journalist, a senior staffer to Australian Defence Minister Kim Beazley and Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and a senior official in the Australian Defence Department, where from 1995 to 2000 he was Deputy Secretary for Strategy and Intelligence. He was the principal author of Australia’s 2000 Defence White Paper.

His recent publications include Power Shift: Australia’s future between Washington and Beijing (2010), The China Choice: Why America should share power (2012), Without America: Australia’s future in the New Asia (2017), and How to defend Australia (2019). He writes a regular column for the Straits Times of Singapore.

Hugh presented the 2014 Annual Hawke Lecture: From the Great War to the Asian Century - what can learn from 1914 about our place in the world. He was also part of the panel discussion, Borders and the Pandemic (2020). 

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