In conversation with Professor the Honourable Gareth Evans AC KC

This event was held on Wednesday 6 December 2023

A headshot of the Hon. Gareth Evans

Australia’s Regional Security: Keeping our Balance

The University of Newcastle’s Asia Pacific Research Centre, together with the Newcastle Institute, proudly invite you to attend a special public lecture and conversation with Professor the Honourable Gareth Evans AC KC

Date: Wednesday 6 December 2023

Time: 1pm for a 1:30pm start, meet and greet and canapes to follow from 2:45pm

Location: Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, University of Newcastle, Corner Laman Street, Auckland St, Newcastle.

In this edition of the Asia Pacific Centre-Newcastle Institute Lecture series, Professor Evans will explore the ever-intensifying contest for primacy between the United States and China that has created an Indo-Pacific regional security environment more fraught and fragile than it has been for decades.

The stakes for Australia, like others in our region trying to navigate a course between the two giants, could hardly be higher. We need to avoid becoming further hostage to American political and military decision-making and use such middle power influence as we have to encourage diplomacy, dialogue, and restraint and balance in the way all of us conduct our relationships.

Professor the Honourable Gareth Evans AC KC

Gareth Evans was a Cabinet Minister throughout the Hawke-Keating governments, including as Foreign Minister from 1988-96, led the Brussels-based International Crisis Group from 2000-09, and was Chancellor of the Australian National University from 2010-19, where he is now Distinguished Honorary Professor. He co-chaired major international commissions on mass atrocity crimes and nuclear weapons, has won many national and international awards and has written or edited fourteen books, includingGood International Citizenship: The Case for Decency (Monash 2022), Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir (MUP, 2017), Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play (ANU,2015) Inside the Hawke Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary (MUP, 2014) and The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes (Brookings, 2009).

Post-Event Reception: Please join us for light refreshments following the conclusion of the lecture where there will be an opportunity to meet Professor Evans.

In conversation with Professor the Honourable Gareth Evans AC KC