Kevin Rudd writes in New York Times “Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis Meets Reality”

Posted in Media, News, Op-eds, Peace, Security and Counter-Terrorism

Originally published in the New York Times, 21 September 2017 By Kevin Rudd The news coverage of Myanmar over the past several months has led many people to conclude that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of the country, has abandoned her responsibility to protect human rights. Hundreds of thousands of people […]

Kevin Rudd on Buzzfeed: Aung San Suu Kyi Faces An Almost Impossible Dilemma. Don’t Give Up On Her.

Posted in Equality and Justice, Media, News, Op-eds, Peace, Security and Counter-Terrorism

By Kevin Rudd and Janelle Saffin Originall published on Buzzfeed, 10 September 2017 Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd says now is not the time to walk away from Myanmar’s fragile democracy. In 2011, I traveled to Myanmar for the first time. I was then Foreign Minister of Australia, and was convinced that engaging Myanmar […]

Kevin Rudd in SMH: “War drums pound, but diplomacy can still succeed”

Posted in International Cooperation, Media, News, Op-eds, Peace, Security and Counter-Terrorism

Originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald – 6 September 2017 Having followed closely the events on the Korean Peninsula for the better part of 35 years, I believe the prospect of a Second Korean War remains highly unlikely. The reality is that it has now become an increasing possibility, but not a probability. Until recently most analysts […]

Kevin Rudd in Financial Times: “Creative diplomacy is vital to defuse Korean crisis”

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By Kevin Rudd Originally published in the Financial Times – 11 August 2017 It would be wrong to assume China would stand by if peninsula fell into conflict. In his acclaimed book The Sleepwalkers, Christopher Clark wrote about how the great powers of 1914 stumbled into a pan-European war that not only destroyed much of […]

It’s time for a new Labor Reform Movement

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When I was elected as Labor leader 10 years ago, it was against the concerted opposition of the most powerful union-based factions of the party. And this came 40 years after Whitlam’s famous confrontation with the faceless, factional men of the party’s federal executive. Yet 50 years after Whitlam’s reforms, the power of these factions […]

Kevin Rudd: How should the world engage Trump? Here are my thoughts.

Posted in International Cooperation, News, Op-eds

Politics in western democratic politics is a wild ride these days. There’s a big reason for this. The Reagan-Thatcher economic revolution 35 years ago, anchored in de-regulation, privatisation, free markets at home, free trade and investment abroad, “trickle-down” for the working and middle classes, and the globalisation of everything, has now come to a shuddering […]