Anthony Low Commonwealth Lecture: Commonwealth Diplomacy and the End of Apartheid

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

This inaugural lecture is in honour of former ANU Vice–Chancellor and great Commonwealth of Nations scholar, the late Professor Anthony Low. It describes what remains one of the Commonwealth’s proudest achievements: its role in hastening the end of apartheid in South Africa. The lecture will focus — from an insider’s perspective — on the central part in that enterprise played from the beginning by Australia, at both Head of Government and Foreign Minister level.

Gareth Evans is Chancellor and Honorary Professorial Fellow at The Australian National University. He was a member of the Australian Parliament for 21 years, and a Cabinet Minister for 13 including as Foreign Minister from 1988–96; from 2000–09 he was President of the Brussels–based International Crisis Group. He has written or edited, solely or jointly, twelve books, including Australia’s Foreign Relations (1995), The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All (2008), Inside the Hawke Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary (2014) and Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play (2015).

About Professor Donald Anthony Low AO

Professor Donald Anthony Low AO (1927–2015) was Vice Chancellor of the Australian National University from 1975–1982. A distinguished scholar and renowned student mentor his work spanned modern African, Asian and Commonwealth of Nations history. In East Africa and the Indian sub–continent he pioneered research into regional indigenous political history and was Founding Dean of the School of African and Asian Studies and a founder of the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University (1964–1972). Other distinguished posts included Director in the Research School of Pacific Studies, ANU (1973–1975), Smuts Professor of the History of the British Commonwealth, (1983–94) and President of Clare Hall, (1987–1994), Cambridge, UK, Chairman, Commonwealth Round Table Moot, UK (1992–94) and Founding Convenor, CRTA Canberra, 2002. His numerous publications include: (ed.)Soundings in Modern South Asian History (1968), Buganda in Modern History (1971), Lion Rampant (1973), Constitutional Heads and Political Crises (1988), The Egalitarian Moment 1950–80 (1996), Fabrication of Empire: The British and the Uganda Kingdoms, 1890–1902 (2009).

The annual Commonwealth Lecture has been an initiative of the CRTA which is grateful to the ANU for the assurance of its ongoing support for the lecture into the future.

Please join us for light refreshments after the lecture