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Conversation with Gareth Evans

The Jackson Institute and the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization (YCSG) will co-host a Conversation with Gareth Evans: Quixotic Australian Human Rights Advocate, Diplomat and Statesman.

The conversation will be led by Professor Ernesto Zedillo, director of the YCSG and former president of Mexico.

Evans is a former Foreign Minister of Australia, was the President of the International Crisis Group, and is currently the Chancellor of Australian National University. Evans was largely responsible for defining and shepherding through the UN the concept of Responsibility to Protect, R2P, which was created in response to what happened in Rwanda, but stands as a means by which we can take international action to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. It was endorsed by all the UN member states in 2005.

He has written or edited 13 books – including Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir, Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play 2015 (co-author), Inside the Hawke-Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary (2014), and The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All (2008). He has published many newspaper articles and over 100 journal articles and chapters on foreign relations, human rights and legal and constitutional reform.

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.