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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue - Finding Common Ground: Negotiating Across Cultures on Peace and Security Issues

4th May 2016, 18:15 to 19:15, Calman Learning Centre, Lower Mountjoy, Professor the Honourable Gareth Evans AC QC, The Australian National University

The purpose of this annual lecture is to promote top-level reflection on intercultural understanding and the creative possibilities of mutual intercultural enrichment. The theoretical work that needs to be done in this area is extensive and urgent, both at a national and an international level, and there are original and creative voices that need to be heard. This annual lecture is given at Durham under the auspices of the Institute of Advanced Study, working closely with the School of Government and International Affairs, the Department of Theology and Religion, and the University's International Office.

We are honoured that the guest speaker for our 2015/16 annual lecture will be Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA. Professor Evans was a member of the Australian Parliament for 21 years and a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments for thirteen, including as Foreign Minister from 1988-96. After leaving politics he was President of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group from 2000-09, and co-chaired the International Commissions on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2000-01) which initiated the ‘responsibility to protect’ concept, and on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (2008-10). Since 2010 he has been Chancellor, and an Honorary Professorial Fellow, of the Australian National University. He has written or edited twelve books, and received many international awards for his contributions to global peace and security.

His lecture is entitled: Finding Common Ground: Negotiating Across Cultures on Peace and Security Issues

Cultural differences have always inhibited easy consensus in complex and sensitive international negotiations, not least those aimed at ending deadly conflict or crafting general new rules of the road on peace and security issues. In this lecture Gareth Evans will seek to draw lessons from his varied experience in navigating across cultural divides in his former roles as Australian Foreign Minister, particularly in the Cambodian peace process; as President of the International Crisis Group, particularly in conflict-related analysis and advocacy in the Middle East; and as chair or member of a number of blue-ribbon international commissions, particularly those addressing mass atrocity crimes and nuclear arms control.

Booking Details

Booking is essential for this event. If you would like to attend please confirm your attendance and that of any guest you wish to bring, with Louise Bellenger at Event Durham by either email ( or by telephoning 0191 334 9354. Alternatively register online at:

The lecture will commence at 6.15pm in the Rosemary Cramp Theatre in the Calman Learning Centre. Please be aware the venue will not be accessible until 6.00pm.

Map – The Calman Learning Centre is denoted at building number: 43.

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