The Honorable Kevin Rudd

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The Hon. Kevin Rudd

Mr. Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010-2012). He led Australia’s response during the Global Financial Crisis, reviewed by the IMF as the most effective stimulus strategy of all member states. Australia was the only major developed economy not to go into recession. Mr. Rudd helped found the G20 to drive the global response to the crisis, and which in 2009 helped prevent the crisis from spiraling into depression.

As Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Mr. Rudd was active in global and regional foreign policy leadership. He was a driving force in expanding the East Asia Summit to include both the U.S. and Russia in 2010, and initiated the concept of transforming the EAS into a wider Asia Pacific Community. On climate change, Mr. Rudd ratified the Kyoto Protocol in 2007 and legislated in 2008 for a 20 percent mandatory renewable energy target for Australia. He represented Australia at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit which produced the Copenhagen Accord, for the first time committing states to not allow temperature increases beyond two degrees. He was appointed a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability and is a co-author of the report Resilient People, Resilient Planet for the 2012 Rio+20 Conference. Mr. Rudd drove Australia’s successful bid for its non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for 2012-2014. His government also saw the near doubling of Australia’s foreign aid budget to approximately $5 billion, making Australia then one of the top ten aid donors in the world. He also appointed Australia’s first ever Ambassador for Women and Girls to support the critical role of women in development and reduce physical and sexual violence against women.

Domestically, Mr. Rudd delivered Australia’s formal national apology to indigenous Australians. In education, his government introduced Australia’s first-ever nationwide school curriculum, undertook the biggest-ever capital investment program in Australian schools with the building of thousands of new state of the art libraries across the country, as well as introducing the first-ever mandatory national assessment system of literacy and numeracy standards. In health, Mr. Rudd in 2010 negotiated with the Australian states a National Health and Hospitals Reform Agreement, the biggest reform and investment in the health system since the introduction of Medicare 30 years before. His government established a national network of leading-edge cancer care centers across Australia, before introducing the world’s first ever plain-packaging regime for all tobacco products. To improve the rate of organ and tissue donation, he established Australia’s first National Organ and Tissue Transplant Authority. In 2010, his government introduced Australia’s first-ever paid parental leave scheme and implemented the biggest increase in, and reform of, the age pension since federation. He also founded the National Broadband Network to deliver high-speed broadband for every household, business, school, hospital, and GP in the country.

Mr. Rudd joined the Asia Society Policy Institute as its inaugural President in January 2015. ASPI is a “think-do tank” dedicated to using second-track diplomacy to assist governments and businesses in resolving policy challenges within Asia, and between Asia and the West. He is also Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism where he is leading a review of the UN system over the 2015-16 period. In 2014, Mr. Rudd was a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School where he completed a major policy paper U.S.-China 21: The Future of U.S.-China Relations Under Xi Jinping. He is a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House in London, a Distinguished Statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Paulson Institute in Chicago. Mr. Rudd is a member of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization’s Group of Eminent Persons. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and serves as a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and he co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s China Council.

Mr. Rudd in his private capacity has established the Australian National Apology Foundation to continue to promote reconciliation and closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. He has also established the Asia Pacific Community Foundation to promote the cause of regional economic, security, and environmental collaboration across the region.
 

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Kevin Rudd writes about Xi Jinping's vision for the future of global governance in Project Syndicate
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Kevin Rudd reacts to President Trump pressuring NATO allies to pay more for defense.
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Kevin Rudd delivered an address to the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore for The Significance of China's 2018 Central Foreign Policy Work Conference.
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Kevin Rudd on the regional perspectives on the Trump-Kim summit.
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Kevin Rudd on what the U.S.-North Korea summit has achieved and what's at stake for China.
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Kevin Rudd on the aftermath of the G7 rift and the next steps following the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.
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Prior to the Trump-Kim summit, Kevin Rudd tells CNN what can realistically be achieved.
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Kevin Rudd talks with Bloomberg about the upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The country's eventual transition to liberal democracy once seemed inevitable — but Kevin Rudd argues that the country has redefined what the "end of history" really means.
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Kevin Rudd talks about the diplomatic gambles Donald Trump is taking through his North Korea diplomacy and trade talks with China.
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Kevin Rudd worries that President Trump's vacillation on a North Korea summit is damaging U.S. relations with its allies.
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Kevin Rudd discusses the causes and implications of the Trump administration canceling the upcoming summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
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Kevin Rudd on how Australia should respond to China's growing influence in the region.
In an excerpt from his new book "Not for the Faint Hearted," the former Australia prime minister and current Asia Society Policy Institute president describes his lifelong fascination with the Middle Kingdom.
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Kevin Rudd on the core Interests that shape China's behavior in the world.
Kevin Rudd's address at the Harvard University Asia Center's 13th Annual Tsai Lecture.
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Kevin Rudd on what the meeting between Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un will mean for the broader negotiations with North Korea.
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Kevin Rudd discusses the key challenges facing John Bolton, the new U.S. National Security Adviser.

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