Kevin Rudd writes in The Sydney Morning Herald: “A monstrous strategic mistake”

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By Kevin Rudd This article was originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 21 March 2018. John Howard’s decision to commit thousands of Australian troops to the invasion of Iraq 15 years ago ranks as one of the two great failures of Australian foreign policy since the Second World War. The other is Menzies’ […]

Kevin Rudd writes in The New York Times: “What the West Doesn’t Get About Xi Jinping”

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By Kevin Rudd The article was originally published in The New York Times on 20 March 2018. The recent decision by China’s National People’s Congress to abolish term limits for the office of the president has sent shock waves through the West: Xi Jinping, the current officeholder, is suddenly being described as a new Confucian […]

Kevin Rudd writes in the The Guardian: “Turnbull no longer cares about reconciliation with Indigenous Australians”

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By Kevin Rudd This article was originally published in The Guardian. I n recent years, Australian politics has degenerated from comedy (Tony Abbott grovelling to the Duke of Edinburgh) to tragedy (Malcolm Turnbull grovelling to Peter Dutton) and now farce (with Barnaby Joyce … well, just being Barnaby Joyce). The ability of the country to […]

Kevin Rudd writes in The Australian: “Chairman Mal’s new McCarthyism”

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Originally published in The Australian, 24 February 2018 By Kevin Rudd Last December, Malcolm Turnbull proclaimed that the “Australian people had stood up” — “Aodaliya renmin zhanqilaile” — against the Chinese. This was a parody of a statement attributed to Mao Zedong on the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China, after a century of […]

Kevin Rudd writes in The Security Times: “A mechanism to manage security tensions in the Asia-Pacific region”

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Originally published in The Security Times, February 2018 By Kevin Rudd As we meet this year at Munich, global tensions are at their highest point since the end of the Cold War. Like much of the rest of the world, Asia saw a number of security crises unfold over the last year. Tensions between China […]

Kevin Rudd in The Sydney Morning Herald: “Apology brought the nation together – but 10 years on, politics of race still divides”

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Originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 February 2018. By Kevin Rudd We tend to forget that there was nothing inevitable about the national apology to Indigenous Australians 10 years ago – just as we easily succumb to the cynicism that nothing has changed since then either. A dispassionate reflection on the facts suggest […]

Kevin Rudd writes in the Daily Telegraph: ‘Ten years after saying sorry there’s still work to do’

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Originally published in The Daily Telegraph and Adelaide Advertiser. By Kevin Rudd Ten years seems an eternity. But compared with 220 years of European settlement, and 50,000 years of continuous indigenous occupation of the land we now call Australia, it is almost the blinking of an eye. But something significant happened on the 13th of February […]

Kevin Rudd in Project Syndicate: The Trumping of Asia

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Originally published in Project Syndicate, 21 December 2017 By Kevin Rudd In the last year, the single most pointless wound inflicted by the US on Asia, not to mention itself, was its abandonment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In one fell swoop, the once great free-trading nation that was the United States of America died, leaving […]

Kevin Rudd in the South China Morning Post: Six steps to stop a war between North Korea and the US from starting

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Originally published in the South China Morning Post, 19 December 2017 By Kevin Rudd Armed conflict on the Korean peninsula is an increasing possibility, but not a probability. I judge that the possibility is somewhere above 25 per cent, but less than the 50 per cent spoken of by others. But I’m worried that this number […]