Diary of a Foreign Minister: making foreign policy in Australia

Bob Carr, Professorial Fellow at the Southeast Asia Centre in conversation with Professor Geoff Gallop, Graduate School of Government

Co-presented with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

15 April 2014

For the first time, an Australian Foreign Minister will reveal how foreign policy is made. From his dinner conversations with Henry Kissinger and Rupert Murdoch to his budding partnership with Hilary Clinton and debate within the Gillard government over Palestinian status, former Foreign Minister Bob Carr will lift the veil on Australia’s diplomatic efforts. For 18 months he kept a diary Diary of a Foreign Minister.

Join us for a conversation with Bob Carr as he talks to Professor Geoff Gallop about Australia’s place in Asia, how our former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was perceived in China and Australia’s increasing closeness with the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in particular the Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa.

Bob Carr

Bob Carr is a Professorial Fellow with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney. Six years after vacating his position as the longest-serving Premier of New South Wales, Bob Carr returned to politics in his dream job: as Minister for Foreign Affairs. As Foreign Minister Carr worked to build stronger relationships with ASEAN and to restore global diplomatic relations with Myanmar following the government's release of opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. He campaigned for the passage of a global Arms Trade Treaty and led the final stages of Australia’s successful bid for a seat on the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member. His plan for a Syrian medical pact was backed by the G20. He was also extremely active in supporting Australia's relationship with Indonesia.

He retired from the Senate in October 2013 and has taken up a Professorial Fellowship with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney. As a Professorial Fellow, Senator Carr will play an active role in the life of SSEAC, engaging with academics and students, representing the University in the public sphere in Australia and promoting it in our region and beyond.

Gleebooks will be at the venue with copies of Diary of a Foreign Minister for sale (RRP $49.95). Bob Carr will be signing books after the presentation.