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Former Foreign Minister emphasizes Australia's global influence on 'Talking Foreign Affairs'
To Adil's question with regards to "the nuclear umbrella" being a major factor in Australia's alliance with the US and if we are close to achieving a nuclear weapons-free world, Gareth expresses his fear that "we are probably as far away from it as we have ever been." The conversation also touches upon topics like cybersecurity and misinformation. Adil Cader brings up a question on whether under the Biden administration, there will be a new commitment to multilateralism. He further adds to whether a single term could bring the US back to where it stood with multilateral commitments in the past, particularly to Australia's advantage. Mr. Evans responds, "I don't think the world is going to go back to where it was exactly before. The reality is that America has lost a fair bit of ground with regards to soft power, credibility, and capacity".
"We are probably as far away as we have away been from a world free from nuclear weapons."
Towards the end of the interview, the Australian leader talks about the need for pragmatism in the business of politics. As a concluding note, he offers a message for Australian policymakers with regards to China, "We have to ride the horse of pushing back with us overreach but we also have to ride that horse of getting along with a country that's absolutely critical of our future as it is to the future of the wider world."
Gareth Evans served as Australia's Foreign Minister from 1988-96. He was previously President of the International Crisis Group and Chancellor of the Australian National University.
'Talking Foreign Affairs' seeks to educate young people on key international issues and analyse key themes of foreign policy and current global affairs. Their offerings include hosting panels, addressing conferences, carrying out research and publishing.
Adil Cader specialises in Australian Foreign Policy and Global Diplomacy. He is a Pacific Forum Young Leader is a Board Member of the Australia-Pacific Youth Dialogue and actively involved with diplomacy education.