As our Foreign Minister from 1988 – 1996 and President of the Brusselsbased International Crisis Group thereafter, Gareth Evans is uniquely qualified to discuss the importance of good international citizenship in our interconnected world. Outlining four key tenets to assess a country’s record – foreign aid generosity, reaction to conflicts and their consequences, response to human rights violations, and contribution to global crises – he finds Australia wanting on all of them. His essay is a call for change and decency in the way we engage with the world.
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Gareth Evans, now Chancellor of the Australian National University, was a member of the Australian Parliament for 21 years, and a cabinet minister throughout the Hawke–Keating era, serving as Foreign Minister from 1988-96. He led the Brussels-based International Crisis Group from 2000-09 and has won many prizes and awards for his contributions to international policymaking. He has written or edited, solely or jointly, twelve books, most recently Good International Citizenship: The Case for Decency.