International Cooperation

There is usually only one alternative to international cooperation - and that is crisis, conflict and war. Kevin argues that there is nothing inevitable about either path.


"There is nothing determinist about international relations. We decide on our futures between nations; just as we decide our futures between ourselves." - Intelligence Squared debate, 14 Oct 2015


Kevin with Chinese President Xi Jinping


Kevin is steeped in international relations, both as an analyst and a practitioner. He speaks fluent English and Chinese, and has reasonable competency in French. He has a First Class Honours degree from the Australian National University in Asian Studies. He was a professional diplomat serving in both Stockholm and Beijing. He has also served as Shadow Foreign Minister, Foreign Minister and Prime Minister of Australia and has been personally active in most major global institutions.


Kevin on a visit to Washington DCPrime Minister Travels to Asia & Europe 6 -12/7/09."The beginning of wisdom in international relations is to understand how ‘the other’ sees reality, and why it is that they see reality in those terms."World Leaders Forum at Columbia University 17 Sep 2015



He was also on the panel for the UN Secretary General's report entitled "Resilient People, Resilient Planet," prepared for the Rio Plus 20 Conference in 2012. This was among the first UN reports to recommend the development of the sustainable development goals.


Kevin with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov


Since leaving parliament in late 2013, Kevin has been appointed as a Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House and Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School where he recently published a paper on "Alternative Futures for US China Relations." He is currently President of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York , Chair of the Global Partnership on Sanitation and Water for All, and Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism - a two-year long review of whether the UN-based multilateral system is fit for purpose for the 21st century. Kevin delivered his report as ICM Chair entitled "UN2030: Rebuilding Order in a Fragmenting World," on 30 August 2016. Click here to read.  

"I remain an optimist about the UN’s future... I am inspired by the extraordinary contribution of the women and men working in the field today who are dedicated to this institution’s future and to its values." - UN address, October 2015


Kevin (back row, fourth from right) with world leaders at a G20 summit


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