Gareth Evans, one of the longest-serving federal cabinet ministers in Australia and the country's foreign minister from 1988 to 1996, is also the first Distinguished Diplomat in Residence at Indiana University's new School of Global and International Studies. Gareth predicts that SGIS will be a cutting-edge institution, both nationally and internationally.
“I’ve enjoyed enormously my time here on the Bloomington campus – IU’s got a great international reputation,” Gareth said. “I hadn’t quite been prepared for how delightful the physical environment of this place is. The students are great, the faculty is great; if I get half a chance, I’ll certainly be back.”
As part of his role at IU, Gareth is teaching an intensive, advanced-level seminar on diplomacy. He will also participate in an international conference on campus on the Responsibility to Protect and meet with students and faculty to discuss foreign policy as it relates to the topic of several of his books: reducing the roles and risks of nuclear weapons, and establishing protections from mass atrocity crimes. Evans led the International Crisis Group in Brussels, the global conflict prevention and resolution organization, and was named one of Foreign Policy magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2011. Evans has been chancellor of Australian National University since 2010.