Tough Talk on North Korea

BBC World Service 8 February 2015   KEVIN RUDD: I think we are looking at a step change. We’ve been on the railway tracks, if you like, towards a crisis for some time now. But if you stand back from it all and see this as the fourth North Korean nuclear test in a decade, when we look at the …

Thomas KentTough Talk on North Korea

Rebuilding Trust in Asia

DAVOS – World Economic Forum 24 January 2015   KISHORE MAHBUBANI: Good morning everybody my name is Kishore Mahbubani, I’m the Dean of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this panel on rebuilding trust in Asia. Now as you know at Davos we discuss many globally significant issues …

Thomas KentRebuilding Trust in Asia

Interview on CNN with Christiane Amanpour

11 November 2014 – CNN     CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, CNN HOST (voice-over): Tonight: breaking the ice in Beijing. Australia’s former prime minister, Kevin Rudd, tells me that China and the United States have a tough line to tread. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) KEVIN RUDD, FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA: How do you manage to conduct a relationship between an existing and established …

Thomas KentInterview on CNN with Christiane Amanpour

Statement on the Death of Wayne Goss

Monday, 10 November 2014 Queensland has lost a great man, a great leader and one whom history will conclude was its greatest post-war Premier. He changed the face of Queensland, how Queenslanders looked at themselves, and how the rest of the nation saw Queensland. Had Wayne Goss contented himself with a private and not a public life – as his …

Adrian AndrewsStatement on the Death of Wayne Goss

Media Release: Kevin Rudd, Former Australian PM, to Head Asia Society Policy Institute

NEW YORK, October 21, 2014 — Asia Society announced today that the Honorable Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, will serve as the first President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. The Institute, launched this year, is designed to bring Asia to the forefront of global policymaking, advancing innovative thinking on major issues from Asian and American perspectives alike. …

Adrian AndrewsMedia Release: Kevin Rudd, Former Australian PM, to Head Asia Society Policy Institute

Statement on the Death of E. G. Whitlam

Tuesday, 21 October History is littered with ordinary politicians. E. G. Whitlam was an extraordinary political leader. And statesman. He stands as an exemplar for us all. This great man has left an indelible mark on Australia. An indelible mark for the good. And Australia will always be the better for it. In his character lay a deep blend of …

Adrian AndrewsStatement on the Death of E. G. Whitlam

Media Release – Kevin Rudd to Chair Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM)

New York, USA Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, will chair the newly launched Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM). The Commission will be co-chaired by Børge Brende, Foreign Minister of Norway, and John Baird, Foreign Minister of Canada. The Commission will be a comprehensive two year program, with the objective of identifying policy proposals to enhance the multilateral system’s ability …

Adrian AndrewsMedia Release – Kevin Rudd to Chair Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM)

Building U.S.-China Relations through Language and Culture

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 8 May 2014 – National Chinese Language Conference   KEVIN RUDD: Well thank you very much Josette for those kind and exaggerated words. (CHINESE) And for non-Chinese speakers in the audience this evening that is simply saying that Ancient China has a great saying, which is, “There is nothing on earth to fear… there is one thing …

Thomas KentBuilding U.S.-China Relations through Language and Culture

Article – Washington Post

How to navigate the East China Sea dispute between Japan and China While the world focuses on Ukraine, ships and planes from Japan and China challenge each other almost every day near a few square miles of barren islets in the East China Sea that Japan calls the Senkaku and China calls the Diaoyu islands. This dangerous rivalry dates to …

Adrian AndrewsArticle – Washington Post

Address at the German Historical Museum

On the 100th Anniversary of the First World War: Strategic Lessons from Europe’s Past for Asia’s Future German Historical Museum – 10 April 2014 As a child, I grew up on a farm just outside a small town called Eumundi in rural Queensland in northeastern Australia. Queensland was to Australia what perhaps Bavaria was to Germany: rural, religious and generally …

Adrian AndrewsAddress at the German Historical Museum