Australia's Role in the World Public Lecture Series
Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament: Global and Regional Challenges by Professor Gareth Evans and Professor Amitabh Mattoo
Have the hopes generated by President Obama in his 2009 Prague speech -- for serious movement towards a nuclear weapon free world -- proved illusory? What are the particular risks and challenges posed by nuclear weapons in Asia?
Australia’s Role in the World public lecture series is a partnership initiative between The University of Melbourne, the Australian Institute of International Affairs and UN Youth Australia aimed at engaging young people, academia and the wider public in debate about major global issues.
Professor Amitabh Mattoo is a Professor of Disarmament Studies at the Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University and has been a Member of the National Knowledge Commission, a high-level advisory group to the Prime Minister of India. Professor Mattoo was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu from 2002 – 2008. He received his Doctorate from the University of Oxford and has been a visiting Professor at Stanford University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Illinois, and the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris. He has published extensively, writes regularly for Indian newspapers and is a well-regarded commentator. He has been awarded the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian awards, for his contribution to education and public life. Professor Mattoo is the Director of the Australia India Institute.
Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AO QC is Chancellor of the Australian National University (since January 2010), a Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne (since July 2009), and President Emeritus of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (Crisis Group), the independent global independent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation of which he was President and Chief Executive Officer from January 2000 to June 2009. He has co-chaired two major International Commissions, on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2000-01) and on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (2008-10). Before entering the Australian Parliament in 1978, he was an academic lawyer specialising in constitutional and civil liberties law and a barrister specialising in industrial law. He became a Queens Counsel (QC) in 1983. Professor Evans was a member of the Australian Parliament for 21 years.
*This lecture is a joint collaboration between the Australia India Institute, The University of Melbourne's Engagement Division and Asialink.
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Australia India Insitute
The University of Melbourne established the Australia India Institute in October 2008. In 2009 funding for the Institute was provided by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Both the University of New South Wales and La Trobe University were also founding partners.
The Institute will provide leadership in policy, business briefings, research and postgraduate training, for the benefit of India and Australia and the broader Asia Pacific region. The Institute will attract leading international and Australian experts on India and build on the University’s expertise and relationships.
A strong partnership with business, government and academic institutions in Australia and India will ensure benefits for all. Prominent business and community leaders in Australia and India will assist the University in developing the strategic vision for the Australia India Institute to develop a regional perspective which will enhance understanding and cooperation between Australia and India on trade, scientific, political, cultural and social issues.