Crikey: “Rudd’s economic legacy, 10 years on”

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Originally published in Crikey – 24 November 2017 Ten years ago, an epoch began which set Australia apart from the rest of the world in two remarkable respects. Neither is widely understood, even today. The first was the extraordinary transformation of Australia’s steadily deteriorating economy. This deterioration had been masked by vast cash inflows from mining […]

Kevin Rudd and Hilda Heine in Project Syndicate: “Capitalizing on Climate Unity”

Posted in Asia and the World, Climate Change, International Cooperation, Media, Mission, News, Op-eds, Peace, Security and Counter-Terrorism

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States – the world’s largest historical carbon dioxide emitter – from the Paris agreement dealt the accord a major blow. But it is hard not to take heart from the resolve Trump’s decision has unleashed, both globally and within the US itself. Originally published in Project Syndicate, […]

Kevin Rudd in The Washington Post: “Former Australian PM: Trump has ceded economic leadership to China”

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Originally published in The Washington Post, 15 November 2017 By Kevin Rudd President Donald Trump’s recent Asia trip casts further doubts about America’s long-term standing and commitment in the region. In particular, his “America first” speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam cast a shadow on America’s willingness to cooperate with Asian allies. […]

Kevin Rudd in Project Syndicate: “When China Leads”

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For the last 40 years, China has implemented a national strategy that, despite its many twists and turns, has produced the economic and political juggernaut we see today. It would be reckless to assume, as many still do in the US, Europe, and elsewhere, that China’s transition to global preeminence will somehow simply implode, under […]

Kevin Rudd in the Financial Times: “Xi Jinping offers a long-term view of China’s ambition”

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This president has an iron grip on power and a strategy to reach global pre-eminence. Originally published in the Financial Times, 22 October 2017 By Kevin Rudd The 19th Chinese Communist party congress has generated much commentary, but what does it actually mean? Party congresses are essentially about three things: first, leadership, personnel and power; […]

Kevin Rudd in the East Asia Forum: “Can we preserve Asia’s ‘long peace’?

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Originally published in the East Asia Forum, 19 October 2017 By Kevin Rudd How can we save Asia’s ‘long peace’? Right now, the world is legitimately focused on the emerging North Korean nuclear crisis. This has been a crisis long in the making, beginning with the Soviet training of North Korean nuclear scientists and engineers after […]

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

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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 in the South China Morning Post: “Economic integration won’t shield Asia from war, but a truly pan-Asian security grouping might”

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Kevin Rudd says the region badly needs a security forum that links all relevant players, to help prevent disagreements reaching a crisis point. With its broad base, the East Asia Summit can be strengthened to play this role. Originally published in the South China Morning Post, 11 September 2017 By Kevin Rudd Given North Korea, how […]

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 […]