When AUKUS was announced in 2021, its stated intent was the protection and preservation of the existing order. However, many experts have called this into question. It is now viewed by many as a challenge to stability and peace for Australia and the region. Today’s discussion brings together proponents of peace from the three nations involved in AUKUS – Australia, the USA and the UK.
Our panel, moderated by Dr Keith Suter, features Bruce Haigh (Australia), Kate Hudson (UK) and Bruce Gagnon (USA).
Bruce Haigh is a retired diplomat, political commentator and author. He is active within ‘Australians for War Powers Reform’ and has been outspoken in his views on the AUKUS pact. His work has been widely published in Australia. His blog can be found at https://brucehaigh.com.au/.
Kate Hudson is General Secretary of the UK’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). CND was first formed in 1958 and is Britain’s Most Enduring Mass Movement. In 1982 Kate took part in the famous Greenham Common campaign. She has been CND’s GS since September 2010, having previously been Chair since 2003. By profession a historian, Kate was Head of Social and Policy Studies at London South Bank University prior to working for CND. She is a leading anti-nuclear, anti-war campaigner and author of a number of books. See https://cnduk.org/60-faces-kate-hudson/.
Bruce Gagnon is the Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space and was its co-founder, when it was created in 1992. Originating in a military family, Bruce is a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran and became a peace activist while in the military. As a well-known, long-time peace activist, he has travelled to and spoken in about 25 different countries, including Australia. He is the author of a huge number of articles (routinely appearing as ‘Organising Notes’ at http://space4peace.blogspot.com/ ). He has also featured in several documentary films. Read his full bio here: https://space4peace.org/bruce-gagnon/.