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  • Kevin Rudd speaks to the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, Seoul: “The North Korean Nuclear Problem” 11 December 2017 - An Address By The Hon Kevin Rudd 26th Prime Minister of Australia President, Asia Society Policy Institute, New York   “The North Korean Nuclear Problem”   Monday 11 December 2017   Korea National Diplomatic Academy, Seoul     Foreign Minister Kang, General Colin Powell, Ambassador Tom Pickering, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you to the […]
  • Kevin Rudd speaks to the Seventh World Congress on the Study of China: “A New Sinology for the Future” 10 December 2017 - 新时代的新汉学 “A New Sinology for A New Period” The Honourable Kevin Rudd 26th Prime Minister of Australia President of the Asia Society Policy Institute, New York  An Address to the Seventh World Forum on China Studies Shanghai Sunday 10 December 2017 Minister Jiang Jianguo, Director of the State Council Information Office. Mayor Ying Yong of […]
  • Kevin Rudd speaks to the Yenching Academy, Peking University, Beijing: “Preserving the Long Peace in Asia” 8 December 2017 - ‘PRESERVING THE LONG PEACE IN ASIA’ THE HON KEVIN RUDD 26TH PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA PRESIDENT, ASIA SOCIETY POLICY INSTITUTE AN ADDRESS TO THE YENCHING ACADEMY, PEKING UNIVERSITY, BEIJING FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER 2017 How to preserve the long peace in Asia is of critical importance not just in Asia, but to nations across the world. The […]
  • Kevin Rudd: On the Nature of Labor and Conservative Governments 1 December 2017 - On the Nature of Labor and Conservative Governments Address by the Honourable Kevin Rudd 26th Prime Minister of Australia Le Montage, Sydney 1 December 2017.   My name is Kevin. I’m still from Queensland. And one decade on I’m still here to help. Friends, its one decade since we removed John Winston Howard from government. […]
  • Crikey: “Rudd’s economic legacy, 10 years on” 28 November 2017 - 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 […]
  • The Sydney Morning Herald: “‘It would have been devastating’: Kevin Rudd reveals emergency call to George W Bush to avert GFC disaster” 25 November 2017 - Originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 November 2017 By Peter Hartcher As a contrast in prime ministerial retrospectives, it’s a cracker. This week, on the 10th anniversary of John Howard losing power to Kevin Rudd, the two former prime ministers were asked to look back on their terms in office. In hindsight, Sky’s […]
  • Kevin Rudd in The Australian “What we got right: Kevin Rudd’s top 10 Labor triumphs in office” 24 November 2017 - Originally published in The Australian – 24 November 2017 Political anniversaries are a peculiar beast. A decade on since the election of my government, none of us can lay claim to perfect objectivity in reflecting on what we got right and wrong. Least of all me. But here’s my top 10 of what I think […]
  • Kevin Rudd in The Sunday Times (UK): “Kevin Rudd: Foucault’s more painful than the knife in my back” 19 November 2017 - Kevin Rudd, the Australian prime minister ousted by his deputy, tells Leaf Arbuthnot his Oxford PhD course can be brutal too. Originally published in The Sunday Times (UK) – 19 November 2017 Kevin Rudd, the apple-cheeked former prime minister of Australia, is not going gently into that good night. Aged 60 and four years out of office, […]
  • Kevin Rudd in The Saturday Paper: “Exclusive: Rudd calls for News Corp inquiry” 18 November 2017 - Concerned about possible collusion over the NBN, Kevin Rudd is calling for a royal commission into the ‘cancer’ that is News Corp and its impact on democracy. By Karen Middleton. Originally published in the The Saturday Paper – Edition No. 183   November 18 – 24, 2017 A decade after he took office and ended 11 years […]
  • Kevin Rudd and Hilda Heine in Project Syndicate: “Capitalizing on Climate Unity” 18 November 2017 - 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” 15 November 2017 - 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 on BBC4 radio: Trump’s tour of Asia 14 November 2017 -
  • Book Article: Legal fights that made Kevin Rudd 10 November 2017 - Originally published in the South-East Advertiser – 7 November 2017 By Brian Bennion Two drawn-out legal battles are at the centre of Kevin Rudd’s political legacy. The one southsiders know too well is his battle against Brisbane Airport Corporation’s parallel runway project. As Member for Griffith he invested more than $30,000 of his own personal funds […]
  • Kevin Rudd speaks to The Lafayette Club, St. Andrews, Scotland: “The United States, China & The Future of the Global Order” 6 November 2017 - Address to The Lafayette Club at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, on 6 November 2017
  • Kevin Rudd on Family, Forgiveness and New York 1 November 2017 - Originally published in the Australian Women’s Weekly. November 2017
  • Kevin Rudd in Project Syndicate: “When China Leads” 27 October 2017 - 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 on One Plus One 27 October 2017 - Ten years on from ‘Kevin 07’, former prime minister Kevin Rudd – who grew up on a dairy farm in rural Queensland – reflects on life, the enemies you make in politics, and his career as an international observer. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL EPISODE
  • Kevin Rudd at La Trobe university ‘China’s Rise and a New World Order’ 27 October 2017 -
  • Kevin Rudd on Sunrise: Discussing his book ‘Not for the Faint-hearted’ 26 October 2017 -
  • Kevin Rudd chats with David Speers from Sky News 26 October 2017 -
  • Kevin Rudd writes ‘Xi Jinping offers a long-term view of China’s ambition’ 23 October 2017 - Originally published in the Financial Times, 22 October 2017 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; second, ideology; third, political vision. On the first, President Xi Jinping has further strengthened his position. He is now China’s […]
  • Kevin Rudd in the Financial Times: “Xi Jinping offers a long-term view of China’s ambition” 22 October 2017 - 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; […]
  • The Oxford Student: “Kevin Rudd on Balliol and the Christian Union, the future of millenials and immigration” 20 October 2017 - Originally published in The Oxford Student, 20 October 2017 By Nicholas Linfoot Kevin Rudd certainly lives up to his reputation. The two-time Australian Prime Minister, and now Oxford fresher, is a jocular figure, chatting away, slapping backs and shaking hands. His political life was as vibrant as he is in person, entering Australia into the […]
  • Kevin Rudd in the East Asia Forum: “Can we preserve Asia’s ‘long peace’? 19 October 2017 - 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 […]
  • The Cherwell News: “New Jesus fresher: Ex-Australian PM Kevin Rudd” 16 October 2017 - Originally published in the Cherwell News, 16 October 2017 By Will Dry A former Prime Minister of Australia will begin studying at Jesus College this term. Kevin Rudd was the Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010 and again in 2013, and will be reading for a DPhil on the worldview of the Xi Jinping, the […]
  • Kevin Rudd speaks to the Oxford Union: “China, America and Europe: What sort of future global order can we really build?” 11 October 2017 - Address to the Oxford Union, 11 October 2017
  • Kevin Rudd at the Harvard JFK Forum with Graham Allison 5 October 2017 - Spoke at the Harvard Kennedy School JFK forum last night with Graham Allison on China, North Korea and his book, ‘Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?’.
  • Kevin Rudd speaks to Ian Bremmer on China, the US and North Korea 2 October 2017 - Kevin Rudd in a free-wheeling discussion on China, the US and North Korea with Ian Bremmer.
  • Kevin Rudd writes in New York Times ‘Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis Meets Reality’ 22 September 2017 - 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 at the UN: Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty 21 September 2017 - I spoke at the @UN today on bringing the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty into force and on #NorthKorea @ctbto_alerts #UNGA pic.twitter.com/TC3Oi8HWlA — Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) 20 September 2017
  • Kevin Rudd on BBC: Trump at the UN, and North Korea 20 September 2017 - Spoke with @BBCNewsnight re #NorthKorea and President Trump’s speech to the UN @AsiaPolicy #UNGA pic.twitter.com/aEq5BRKlxt — Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) 21 September 2017
  • Kevin Rudd on ABC’s 7.30: Myanmar and North Korea 18 September 2017 -
  • Kevin Rudd warns of Trump, trade risk in Asia 12 September 2017 - Originally published in the Australian Financial Review, 12 September 2017 Former prime minister Kevin Rudd says the Asia-Pacific can no longer take for granted fast economic growth and ongoing peace, as uncertainty about US President Donald Trump’s commitment to the region and an international backlash against globalisation take their toll. Mr Rudd argues in a […]
  • Kevin Rudd in the South China Morning Post: “Economic integration won’t shield Asia from war, but a truly pan-Asian security grouping might” 11 September 2017 - 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. 10 September 2017 - 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 on Bloomberg: Diplomacy Might Work With North Korea 9 September 2017 - Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, president of the Asia Society, discusses the possible U.S. responses to the rising tensions with North Korea. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Scarlet Fu, Joe Weisenthal and Abigail Doolittle on “What’d You Miss?” (Source: Bloomberg)
  • Kevin Rudd in SMH: “War drums pound, but diplomacy can still succeed” 6 September 2017 - 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 […]
  • The North Korean Nuclear Dilemma: Is Asia Heading Towards Armed Conflict? An Address to the Swedish Institute of International Affairs 31 August 2017 - The North Korean Nuclear Dilemma: Is Asia Heading Towards Armed Conflict? An Address to the Swedish Institute of International Affairs The Honourable Kevin Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute Stockholm, Thursday 31 August 2017 Thank you very much Mats. It’s great to be back in Stockholm. I really enjoy this city, I enjoy this country. You […]
  • Kevin Rudd on CNN International: North Korea 16 August 2017 - It’s time for calm minds, moderate language and hard-headed diplomacy on #NorthKorea to find a “Grand Bargain” on nukes @cnni @AsiaPolicy pic.twitter.com/pOvvzKuVsx — Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) 16 August 2017
  • Kevin Rudd on RN: North Korea, US-China, the Anzus Treaty and missile defence 14 August 2017 - Kevin Rudd interview on Radio National Breakfast with Fran Kelly – 13 August 2017 FRAN KELLY: Chinese President Xi Jinping has joined other world leaders in urging restraint amid the rapidly escalating tensions between the US and North Korea. President Xi spoke with Donald Trump over the weekend, just hours after the President tweeted that the […]
  • Kevin Rudd on CNN: North Korea, Trump and Kim Jong-un 13 August 2017 - Kevin Rudd joins Fareed Zakaria on the GPS program on CNN to discuss North Korea, Trump, Kim Jong-un and ways ahead for the stand-off over the North Korean nuclear program.
  • Kevin Rudd in Financial Times: “Creative diplomacy is vital to defuse Korean crisis” 11 August 2017 - 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 […]
  • Kevin Rudd on CNBC Squawk Box: How to defuse the Korean crisis 11 August 2017 - Kevin Rudd: How to defuse the Korean crisis from CNBC.
  • Kevin Rudd on CNN: Trump/Turnbull transcript 4 August 2017 - The record of Turnbull’s conversation with Trump is deeply damaging to Turnbull’s credibility. Just spoke w/ @CNNI https://t.co/thOKui8tEo pic.twitter.com/nnZ8ERGNGt — Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) 4 August 2017
  • Kevin Rudd on ABC radio’s The World Today: Trump/Turnbull transcript 4 August 2017 -
  • Kevin Rudd on ABC radio: Trump/Turnbull transcript 4 August 2017 -
  • Kevin Rudd on Sky News Australia: Trump, North Korea and security threats to Australia 1 August 2017 - Kevin Rudd appears on Sky News Australia with Kieran Gilbert to discuss the resignation of White House Director of Communications, Anthony Scaramucci, the impasse on North Korea between the US and China and security threats in Australia including the recent foiled attempts to attack a passenger plane as well as thoughts on the new Department […]
  • Kevin Rudd calls for consideration for ICBM defence system for Australia. 8 July 2017 - ‘‘Given North Korean developments, Australia would be well advised to begin analysing ballistic missile defence needs, available technologies and possible deployment feasibility for northern Australia.’’ Kevin Rudd. Click here to read the news story in the Canberra Times
  • Kevin Rudd on CNBC Squawk Box: G20 7 July 2017 - I’m proud to have been a co-founder of the #G20 Summit. G20 is core to global financial and economic decision-making https://t.co/oO18x8wzZq pic.twitter.com/47yLCM05Ef — Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) 7 July 2017
  • Kevin Rudd on CNN: G20, global economy and possible tariff war 7 July 2017 - If #G20 does not reaffirm global free trade but instead we see a tariff war, global growth & jobs will suffer badlyhttps://t.co/wty0fjsLxK — Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) 7 July 2017
  • Kevin Rudd on ABC’s 7.30: North Korea 6 July 2017 - Kevin Rudd joins 7.30 host Stan Grant to discuss the North Korean missile crisis as well as moves for the Australian Labor Party to recognise Palestine. Kevin Rudd tells 7.30 he believes US military action against North Korea is ‘on the table’, and says the problem is that China doesn’t believe it. Broadcast: 06/07/2017 Reporter: Stan […]
  • Kevin Rudd on BBC News: G20 and North Korea 6 July 2017 -
  • Kevin Rudd on Chaser Radio on TripleM: North Korea, NBN, News Ltd and Origin 6 July 2017 -
  • Kevin Rudd on Fox News radio: China Sees ‘Hardening’ in U.S. Approach to North Korea 5 July 2017 - This picture taken on July 4, 2017 and released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on July 5, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un celebrating the successful test-fire of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 at an undisclosed location. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) On July 5, 2017, ASPI President Kevin Rudd spoke on “The Brian Kilmeade Show” […]
  • Kevin Rudd on BBC World: Modi visit to US and US-India ties 27 June 2017 - It’s in America’s strategic & economic interests for Pres.Trump to build on @narendramodi‘s visit to Washington and strengthen US-India ties pic.twitter.com/t9H6FsGKft — Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) 27 June 2017
  • Kevin Rudd on CNN: Trump pulls out of Paris Agreement 2 June 2017 - For those who care about #climatechange, it’s time to mobilise. Incl. shareholders. Spoke with @HalaGorani on @cnni https://t.co/yoZeKLWDD5 — Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) June 2, 2017
  • Kevin Rudd on BBC: Trump and Paris Agreement 1 June 2017 - Given US decision on climate, US state and city governments and corporations must now fill the gap @BBCWorld #ParisAgreement pic.twitter.com/57tvNt3GN4 — Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) June 2, 2017
  • Kevin Rudd on RN Breakfast: Sorry Day, the Apology and recognition 26 May 2017 - Kevin Rudd spoke with ABC radio’s RN Breakfast on Sorry Day and discussed the Apology, the stolen generation, constitutional recognition and treaty.
  • Asia and the U.S.: Trump’s First 100 Days 11 May 2017 - In his inaugural address, President Donald Trump declared “America First,” reinforcing the belief that he would follow through on his campaign rhetoric — confrontation with China, but also what appeared to be a wavering of support for long-standing commitments to Japan and South Korea. Elsewhere in Asia, the speech appeared to be a confirmation that […]
  • Kevin Rudd on BBC: Trump’s North Korea Strategy 29 April 2017 - Kevin Rudd discussed Donald Trump’s strategy on North Korea with BBC News.
  • Kevin Rudd on CNN: North Korea 15 April 2017 - CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO On April 15, 2017, Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd spoke to CNN about North Korea’s nuclear program in the aftermath of its military parade. Saying that the “North Koreans are masters at international political stagecraft,” Rudd argued that “we need to understand the fact that the North Koreans […]
  • Kevin Rudd on Fox News: North Korea 15 April 2017 - Kevin Rudd talks to Fox News about North Korea and how diplomacy may work. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
  • Kevin Rudd on Bloomberg: Trump-Xi meeting 7 April 2017 - Kevin Rudd speaks to Bloomberg after Day 1 of the Trump-Xi meeting.
  • Kevin Rudd on Charlie Rose: Trump-Xi summit 4 April 2017 - Kevin Rudd sits down with Charlie Rose to discuss the first meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
  • Kevin Rudd on CNBC: North Korea missile launches 7 March 2017 - Kevin Rudd appeared on CNBC talking about the North Korean missile launches. Key question is what are the strategic options for the U.S.: 1. Electronic warfare to degrade North Korea’s launch capabilities; 2. Diplomacy with China to do a grand strategic bargain on the Peninsula; or 3. Get used to a nuclear-armed North Korea.
  • Munich Security Conference 2017 – Panel Discussion “Pacific no more? Security in East Asia and the Korean Peninsula” 20 February 2017 - John Chipman (Director General and Chief Executive, International Institute for Strategic Studies; introduction), Yun Byung-Se (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea), Ng Eng Hen (Minister of Defence, Republic of Singapore), Fu Ying (Chairwoman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National People’s Congress, Parliament of the People’s Republic of China), Lassina Zerbo (Executive […]
  • ‘The time has come to recognise Palestine’: Kevin Rudd reveals his ‘deepest fear’ 20 February 2017 - Originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald – 20 February 2017 By Latika Bourke Former prime minister Kevin Rudd says the “time has come” for Australia to recognise Palestine, saying his deepest fear is the “drifting towards the disintegration and death of an independent Palestinian state”, which he warns would fuel new radicalisation in the Middle East. […]
  • Kevin Rudd appears on the Kickass News podcast 20 February 2017 - CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on T.P.P., Pacific Rim Security, China, & The Infamous Trump-Turnbull Phone Call Kevin Rudd served twice as Australian Prime Minister as well as Foreign Minister and is currently the President of The Asia Society Policy Institute. He offers his perspective on the strangely confrontational phone conversation between President Donald Trump and […]
  • Kevin Rudd on Channel Seven’s Sunrise 18 February 2017 - Time to defend the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). If Libs are now opposed, why didn’t they say so at the 2013 election? Back in 2013 I thought the NDIS had bipartisan support, including the funding. Sad to see the Coalition stooping to such tactics.
  • Former PM Kevin Rudd calls for ban on union and corporate donations 15 February 2017 - Sharri Markson, The Daily Telegraph UNION and corporate donations should be banned to prevent corruption in the political process, former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd says. In the wake of the recent United States presidential election, Mr Rudd said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needs to undertake radical donation reform where union and corporate donations are […]
  • Kevin Rudd on 7.30: Closing The Gap, Energy and Donald Trump 14 February 2017 - Kevin Rudd on 7.30 last night to talk about the 9th anniversary of the Apology and the urgency to #CloseTheGap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
  • Sky News Australia: Indigenous issues, climate change and energy issues; and the North Korean threat 14 February 2017 - z Bit of culture shock being back at Parliament House for #closethegap but I had a chat with Sky News Australia on the need for Prime Ministerial commitment on Indigenous issues; climate change and energy issues; and the North Korean threat.
  • Catch up with Australian Indigenous Education Foundation 14 February 2017 - Always great to hear about the work of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation – which has put over 400 Aboriginal kids from all over Australia through our best private schools – and with many more currently studying.
  • Asia’s Rise in a Year of Uncertainty: A Dialogue With Kevin Rudd (San Francisco) 8 February 2017 - SAN FRANCISCO, February 8, 2017 — President of Asia Society Policy Institute Kevin Rudd, speaks to Asia Society Northern California Advisory Board Co-Chairman Ken Wilcox about the current state of international relations.
  • ANOTHER MURDOCH TABLOID WHOPPER 6 February 2017 - With all the recent coverage of Turnbull’s telephone encounter with Trump, I missed a story run on 1 February 2017 on page one of Murdoch’s Daily Telegraph which friends have just drawn to my attention. It alleged that in 2010 as Prime Minister I imposed “the same type of visa bans” as President Trump has […]
  • Kevin Rudd on Donald Trump in the World, Asia, and Immigration 1 February 2017 - SPI President Kevin Rudd engaged in a vibrant Facebook Live chat on U.S. President Donald Trump’s approach to the world, Asia, and immigration. Watch the full discussion below. (35 min., 44 sec.)
  • Australia Day address to the American Australian Association 20 January 2017 - His Excellency the Consul General, Distinguished Guests, My fellow Australians, My fellow New Yorkers, One and all. I begin by honouring the First Australians, who first settled our continent some 70,000 years ago, and whose cultures represent the oldest continuing cultures on earth. I also honour those Australians who have come more recently to our […]
  • Kevin on Sunrise – Trump inauguration (20/1/17) 20 January 2017 - Kevin Rudd appears on the Sunrise program to discuss the coming Trump inauguration and what it may mean for Australia and the world.
  • Address to The Raisina Dialogue 2017 18 January 2017 - On January 17, 2017, in a keynote address at the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, ASPI President The Hon. Kevin Rudd outlined ten major challenges facing the international community and the multilateral system. Below is the text of the speech as prepared. 2017: The Year of Living Dangerously Address to The Raisina Dialogue Observer Research […]
  • More Murdoch Mis-reporting, led by the Brisbane Courier Fail. 16 January 2017 - The Murdoch tabloids, led by the #CourierFail in Brisbane, allege my office improperly ordered stationery to support a UN bid. Wrong again. But never let the facts get in the road of a good “story”. This is in today’s edition of the Courier Mail and the Sydney Daily telegraph. (Link) Here are the facts: 1 […]
  • Videos from Gaidar Forum, Russia 14 January 2017 - The G20 in 2017 must deal with 3 core challenges: financial system risk, low global growth, and managing geo-political uncertainty. On this year’s G20 in Germany, Merkel must lead. I also believe if we are serious about the G20’s future this year, it’s got to roll back the tide of protectionism. The Gaidar Forum 2017. […]
  • Kevin Rudd on ABC’s 7.30 (21/12/16) 21 December 2016 - Kevin Rudd discusses global terrorism, the changing economic and political world, the media, democracy and the future of the ALP. Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast: 21/12/2016 Reporter: Leigh Sales Former prime minister Kevin Rudd joins 7.30 to discuss terrorism, Donald Trump, the threat of South Korea and the current state of the ALP. Transcript LEIGH SALES, […]
  • Kevin Rudd: Reflections on a troubled country and a troubled world 16 December 2016 - The Conversation – This is an edited extract from a speech delivered by Kevin Rudd, the 26th prime minister of Australia, on his receipt of an honorary doctorate of laws from the Australian National University on December 16, 2016. We live in a deeply unsettled world, where once again the great questions of war and […]
  • Kevin Rudd on advancing Australia 16 December 2016 - Originally published on the Centre for Public Impact – 16 December 2916 By Matthew Mercer Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd knows more than most about dealing with the unexpected. “I was elected as prime minister at the end of 2007 and the financial crisis hit in 2008,” he recalls. “Suddenly we were in existential land […]
  • Address to ANU: On Building a Big Australia 16 December 2016 - On Building a Big Australia An Address on Receipt of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Australian National University. The Honourable Kevin Rudd 26th Prime Minister of Australia President of the Asia Society Policy Institute, New York. Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, New York Llewellyn Hall Canberra 16 December, 2016. I honour […]
  • Asia’s Recommendations for President-Elect Trump 13 December 2016 - Discussion from the launch of a new briefing book from the Australia Society Policy Institute (ASPI), ASPI President Kevin Rudd led a discussion with 3 Asian Ambassadors to the US — Joe Hockey Australian Ambassador to the USA, Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, and Ahn Ho-young — on how Donald J. Trump should approach Asia.
  • Appearance on Quest Means Business 8 December 2016 -
  • CDP annual dinner at Columbia University 8 December 2016 - Was a pleasure this week to speak at the CDP annual dinner at Columbia University in New York. CDP is a not-for-profit that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. Data, measurement and understanding what greenhouse gas emission reduction is being achieved is absolutely critical […]
  • It’s time for a new Labor Reform Movement 7 December 2016 - 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 […]
  • China’s Brutally Pragmatic Response to a Shifting World Order 3 December 2016 -   In a December 1, 2016 article for The Financial Times, Kevin Rudd argues that Beijing abhors unpredictability, and that the election of Donald Trump has divided Chinese policymakers and analysts on what lies ahead for Sino-American relations. China prefers to deal with the devil it knows. Beijing was fully prepared to deal with a […]
  • Kevin Rudd joins Business Day on Canada’s BNN 2 December 2016 - Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former prime minister of Australia, joins Business Day to discuss energy demand in Asia, now that the TransMountain Pipeline has been approved and the TPP deal is looking less likely under a Trump presidency.
  • The world’s climate is in the hands of just three nations 1 December 2016 - Originally published in The Guardian – 1 December 2016 By Kevin Rudd and Hank Paulson If India, China and the US work together and back renewable investment, there is hope after the Paris climate summit hile all contributions from the 195 countries at the UN’s global climate change summit in Paris will be important, three […]
  • Kevin Rudd speaks to BBC radio’s Costing The Earth 25 November 2016 - “New President elect of the USA Donald Trump is a climate change denier, and so what does his rise to power mean for the environment?” Full podcast available: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b082ynk0
  • The United States, China and Europe under a Trump Administration 24 November 2016 - An Address to the Hamburg Summit on Europe China Relations The Hon Kevin Rudd 26th Prime Minister of Australia President of the Asia Society Policy Institute, New York. Hamburg City Hall 23 November 2016 Former Chancellor of Germany, Gerhardt Schroeder. Mayor Olaf Scholz of the City of Hamburg. Distinguished guests. Ladies and gentlemen. It is […]
  • Thank You DonateLife 24 November 2016 - In 2009 as Prime Minister, I set up DonateLife to get more Australians talking about organ donation, and giving the gift of life. I want to say #thankyou to all those who have become donor heroes. Join the Australian Organ Donor Register online today. http://www.donatelife.gov.au/
  • President Trump, the Future of Great Power Relations and the Role of the UN 22 November 2016 - An Address to the World Policy Conference French Institute of International Relations Doha 21 November 2016 It’s good to be back in Doha. It’s good to be back in the Gulf with so many friends from the Arab world. And its good to be participating in this World Policy Conference, convened by the French Institute […]
  • Kevin Rudd: Pricing Carbon at Marrakech: Moving from Principle to Practice 21 November 2016 - The Moroccan Presidency of COP22 has stated that it seeks concrete actions in Marrakech. Working to price carbon emissions through markets would be a useful place to start. The Paris Agreement was a political breakthrough, but its commitments do not go far enough. Negotiators at COP21 overcame the gridlock that has long-defined international climate change […]
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  • Distinguished Leadership Award from the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute 18 November 2016 - I was honoured to receive last night the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute, and was touched by the kind words from former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono #WCES2016
  • BBC World: The future of the Paris Agreement 17 November 2016 - President Trump will face procedural difficulties in legally exiting the Paris Agreement on climate change. A potential 3-4 year delay given US ratification. Spoke to BBC News as nations gather at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech COP22