One of the most moving experiences of my life was watching queues of Cambodians coming to the polls for the election, knowing there was a risk of being assaulted by the Khmer Rouge, of being bombed or shot, lined up in the hundreds of thousands wanting to exercise their vote and take charge of their lives again.
During his 21 years in Australian politics the Hon. Gareth Evans was Leader of the Government in the Senate and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives.
After leaving politics, Evans was president of the International Crisis Group, an independent global conflict prevention and resolution organization. He is now chancellor of the Australian National University.
He has written extensively on international relations and legal, constitutional, and political affairs, and has been recognized for his contributions to the theory and practice of mass atrocity and conflict prevention, arms control, and disarmament.