Bob Hawke: Reflections on the Australia-United States alliance



3 May 2011

Bob Hawke AC worked with two Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush on critical global issues as diverse as the bombing of the US Embassy in Beiruit, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the creation of APEC, the end of apartheid in South Africa and bringing China into the global community. Australia's longest serving Labor Prime Minister is a loyal friend as well as a friendly critic of the US. His close relationship with Secretary of State George Shultz was a key element in shaping the trajectory post-Cold War Asia Pacific. At this event Hawke discussed his vast experience with, and views on, the US with Australia's leading political journalist Paul Kelly.


  • The Honourable Bob Hawke, AC
    Member of the Council of Advisors, United States Studies Centre

    The Honourable Bob Hawke AC is a member of the US Studies Centre's Council of Advisors. Hawke was the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia, in office between 11 March 1983 - 20 December 1991.

  • Paul Kelly
    Editor-at-Large, The Australian

    Paul Kelly is Editor-at-Large of The Australian. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of The Australian (1991-1996). He writes on Australian and international issues and is a regular commentator on television. Kelly is the author of nine successful books.