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Kevin Rudd: The Avoidable War


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Kevin Rudd is one of Australia’s leading authorities on the United States’ relationship with China. In his latest book, The Avoidable War: The Dangers of a Catastrophic Conflict Between the US and Xi Jinping’s China, the former Prime Minister breaks down the likely outcomes of a war between the two nations and proposes solutions based on his own diplomatic experience.

At his only Melbourne-based event to celebrate the book’s release, Rudd will share his in-depth analysis of Australia’s position in relation to China and the US, and offer new ways of thinking about current geopolitical crises amid an overwhelming news cycle.

The event will be introduced by Philipp Ivanov, CEO of the Asia Society Australia, and Professor Christopher Ziguras, Associate Dean, Global and Language Studies, RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Hosted by Louisa Lim.

The bookseller for this event is The Paperback Bookshop.

Presented in partnership with RMIT Culture and Asia Society Australia.


Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-10, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010-12). Since 2014, he has been President of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York.  In office, Mr Rudd led Australia’s response to the Global Financial Crisis, reviewed as the most e... Read more

Louisa Lim

Louisa Lim is the author of Indelible City: Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong, which has just been published in the US. It’s been described by the New York Times as a “vivid, loving book”. Her first book The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited (2014), was s... Read more


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