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Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans

Writing for PS since 2010
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Gareth Evans, a former foreign minister of Australia, is President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group, Founding Convenor of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, and an honorary professor at Australian National University. He is the author of The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and For All and co-author of Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play 2015.

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  1. Australia’s Minister of Everything
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    Australia’s Minister of Everything

    Aug 26, 2022 Gareth Evans hopes ex-Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s shocking behavior marks a turning point for a dysfunctional democracy.

  2. The Real Risks of Australia's Submarine Deal
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    The Real Risks of Australia's Submarine Deal

    Sep 22, 2021 Gareth Evans explains why most of the dangers implied by the new AUKUS agreement with the US and the UK can be minimized.

  3. Australia’s China Problem
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    Australia’s China Problem

    Dec 3, 2020 Gareth Evans outlines a five-point strategy aimed at restoring stability to the two countries' bilateral relations.

  4. An End to Australia’s Democratic Pantomime?
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    An End to Australia’s Democratic Pantomime?

    Aug 27, 2018 Gareth Evans sees grounds for hope that, despite yet another prime minister, years of leadership churn may soon end.

  5. When May States Use Force?
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    When May States Use Force?

    Apr 27, 2018 Gareth Evans explains why legal considerations alone can never justify military intervention against sovereign countries.

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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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