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Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA is Chancellor of the Australian National University. A federal MP for 21 years, in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments from 1983–96 he was at different times Attorney General, Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Transport and Communications, and Foreign Minister. From 2000 to 2009 he was President and CEO of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, the independent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation.
He co-chaired International Commissions on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2000–01) and Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (2008–10), and currently co-chairs the International Advisory Board of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. He is Patron and Emeritus Convenor of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.
His most recent books are Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play (2015) (co-author), and Inside the Hawke-Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary (2014). Foreign Policy magazine cited him as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2011 ‘for making “the responsibility to protect” more than academic’. In 2010 he was awarded the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Four Freedoms Award for Freedom from Fear, for his pioneering work on the Responsibility to Protect concept and his contributions to conflict prevention and resolution, arms control and disarmament.