Op-eds

  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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: How should the world engage Trump? Here are my thoughts. 11 November 2016 - 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 […]
  • Kevin Rudd: How to Fix the United Nations 19 September 2016 -   An increasing array of unpredictable global challenges requires reshaping the global body to confront them. As we pass the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, and approach the appointment of the next U.N. secretary-general for the decade ahead, we need to consider afresh the institution’s future, its relevance to the global […]
  • Securing the UN’s Future 1 September 2016 - Originally published: Project Syndicate. 1 September 2016. SHANGHAI – As the existing international order becomes more fragmented, strong global-governance institutions are crucial for addressing the world’s strategic, economic, and sustainability challenges. And yet rarely have our existing institutions – including, above all, the United Nations – been frailer. The UN is not broken, but it […]
  • Time Magazine: Kevin Rudd “How to Fix the United Nations” 31 August 2016 - The UN is still important, but it needs to be reformed for a new age. Source: Time Magazine, 31 August 2016 By Kevin Rudd In an age of a fracturing political support for the European Union, the re-birth of American isolationism, the growing international political confidence on the parts of both Russia and China, the […]
  • Kevin Rudd: My 10 principles to reform the United Nations, before it’s too late 8 August 2016 - Source: The Guardian. 8 August 2016 By Kevin Rudd I will not now be a candidate for the position of UN secretary general but I offer these reflections to the next SG and to the UN member states. he United Nations is now 70 years old. And the world of 70 years ago was a […]
  • Kevin Rudd outlines 10-point plan to reform UN in response to globalisation 7 August 2016 - By Kevin Rudd I will not now be a candidate for the position of UN secretary general but I offer these reflections to the next SG and to the UN member states. he United Nations is now 70 years old. And the world of 70 years ago was a vastly different place to the world […]
  • Kevin Rudd: Sanitation and Water for All of Us 15 March 2016 - Originally published in the Huffington Post – 15 March 2016 By Kevin Rudd Every day more than 800 children around the world die from diarrhea. 2.4 billion people lack access to a basic toilet. 663 million people still use water contaminated by human waste and other pollutants. Nearly 40% of health care facilities in low […]
  • Asia needs its own EU more than ever 29 October 2015 - Originally published on Europe’s World – 29 October 2015 By Kevin Rudd But not on the EU model, stresses Kevin Rudd, who as Australia’s prime minister first floated the idea of an Asia-Pacific Community in 2008 There are concerning parallels between pre-1914 Europe and today’s security tensions in maritime Asia. The Asia-Pacific region has been […]
  • China and the US need to see eye to eye again. It’s in both their interests 24 September 2015 - Originally published in The Guardian – 24 September 2015 By Kevin Rudd The doom-mongers are out in force as the Chinese president Xi Jinping begins his American visit, but the deep disagreements that exist are solvable, As President Xi Jinping begins his first state visit to the United States, something of a potentially dangerous trend […]
  • Bring India into APEC 8 July 2015 - Originally published in the Wall Street Journal – 8 July 2015 By Kevin Rudd and Ajay Banga It’s time India became more integrated into the global economy. Much has been made recently of India surpassing China as the world’s fastest-growing large economy. But India’s welcome improvement masks the reality that India needs to become fully integrated […]
  • Wresting order from chaos in the superpower standoff 27 June 2015 - Originally published in The Australian – 27 June 2015 By Kevin Rudd If history is our guide, the construction and preservation of international order is no easy thing, while the construction and preservation of a genuinely global order is virtually without precedent. History is littered with the institutional carcasses of noble attempts to impose order […]
  • The Rise of Two Asias 19 June 2015 - Originally published in The Straits Times – 19 June 2015 By Kevin Rudd Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd is currently a senior fellow at the Belfer Centre of Harvard’s Kennedy School. He wrote a summary report on a longer forthcoming work on US-China relations in the 21st century. In this first excerpt from the […]
  • Article: Paris Can’t Be Another Copenhagen 25 May 2015 - 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 […]
  • Article: The Price of Mistrust 7 May 2015 - 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 […]
  • How to Break the ‘Mutually Assured Misperception’ Between the U.S. and China 20 April 2015 - 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 […]
  • The Top 10 Questions About China Ahead of Xi’s U.S. Visit 6 March 2015 - Originally published in The Huffinginton Post – 22 September 2015 By Kevin Rudd When President Xi Jinping arrives for his first state visit to the United States this week, a number of new domestic and foreign policy questions are likely to be on the minds of administrations in both capitals. How these are interpreted, and […]
  • How Ancient Chinese Thought Applies Today 15 February 2015 - Originally published in the Huffington Post – 15 February 2015 By Kevin Rudd This essay is adapted from an address to the 9th International Symposium on Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” convened by the Chinese Academy of Military Science in Qingdao, China in 2014. BEIJING — I have watched carefully the evolution of China’s concept […]
  • HOWARD’S BRUTOPIA 1 November 2006 - The battle of ideas in Australian politics (Originally published in The Monthly, November 2006) BY KEVIN RUDD In the October issue of The Monthly, I discussed how right-wing Christian extremism has become John Howard’s religious handmaiden in his political project to reshape Australia. I argued, too, that the campaigns of the religious Right were one […]