Gareth Evans

President and CEO,
International Crisis Group

Gareth Evans has been the President of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group since January 2000. The International Crisis Group is an independent global NGO that works with over 140 staff members on five continents to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. He came to Crisis Group after twenty-one years in Australian politics, thirteen of them as a Cabinet Minister. As Foreign Minister (1988-96) he was best known internationally for his role in developing the UN peace plan for Cambodia, helping conclude the Chemical Weapons Convention and helping initiate new Asia Pacific regional economic and security architecture. He has written or edited eight books—including Cooperating for Peace, launched at the UN in 1993—and published over ninety journal articles and chapters on foreign relations, human rights and legal and constitutional reform. He was Co-chair of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, which published its report, “The Responsibility to Protect”, in December 2001; and a member and co-author of the reports of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, the Blix Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the Zedillo International Task Force on Global Public Goods. He is currently a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Committee on the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities.