Kevin Rudd at the 2015 Diversity Leadership Forum

NEW YORK – Asia Society 9 June 2015 Well, thank you very much. I’m really taken by the tweet before which said, “To curse occasionally can be good.” Because by that definition, I’m very good. We’re here to talk about diversity. It reminds me of when I first became engaged with the Asia Society, probably about 15 years ago. The …

Speech: The Ralph Miliband Programme “War and Peace” Lecture

The Rise of China and its Impact on the Future Global Order 01 June 2015 – London, England Thank you for your kind invitation to deliver this year’s Miliband Lecture. It is 75 years this year, and this month, since Ralph Miliband left on the last ship from Oostende to Britain in advance of Hitler’s crushing victory over the Netherlands, Belgium and …

Article: Paris Can’t Be Another Copenhagen

Originally published in the New York Times – 25 May 2015 By Kevin Rudd As a former prime minister of Australia, I understand something of the political costs leaders must bear in aiming to reconcile the long-term interests of the planet with short-term national interests. After attending the 2009 Copenhagen summit on climate change, I was attacked back home for either …

Article: The Price of Mistrust

Originally published in Foreign Policy – 7 May 2015 By Kevin Rudd The U.S.-China relationship is marked by a quiet but destabilizing narrative. That’s why it’s so important that the two countries keep talking. There is a predisposition in the public debate about the U.S.-China relationship, on both sides of the Pacific, to believe that the two countries are now …

Speech: Remarks to the UN Indigenous Issues Forum

30 April 2015 – New York, USA RUDD: Thank you Chair. I acknowledge the traditional owners of the many lands we have come from across the world. I acknowledge the First Peoples of the land on which we gather today. They are welcoming people and we pay our respects to the elders past, present and future for their roles as …

How to Break the ‘Mutually Assured Misperception’ Between the U.S. and China

Originally published in the Huffington Post – 20 April 2015 By Kevin Rudd Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has emerged as a key broker of perceptions between the U.S. and China. He was a member of the Berggruen Institute’s 21st Century Council delegation that met Chinese President Xi Jinping in November 2013 in Beijing and is currently director of …