7 November 2014

A public forum to consider Australia’s World War I commemoration and whether it pays appropriate respect to those who died believing in a better world.

World War I brought death to approximately 61,000 Australians and shattered the lives of countless others. Globally, a generation was virtually lost.
The legacy of the war continues to this day. A century on, does our commemoration stop short of asking the hard questions such as how such a cataclysmic event could occur, what we learnt from it and whether that responsibility to learn has been lost amid the flag-waving?

Keynote Address
27 October 2014

Tasmanian Peace Trust Annual Lecture, Hobart

The lecture was published by the Tasmanian Peace Trust.

Chapters in Book

Joseph A. Camilleri, 'Iraq, the Illusion of Security and the Limits to Power', in Ben Isakhan (ed), The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the 'Islamic State', Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

The US military intervention in Iraq and the protracted and continuing violence it has unleashed constitute a defining feature of the post-Cold War world. Many have analysed this violence primarily in terms of its devastating impact on Iraqi society, economy, environment and politics. Legitimate and important though it is this line of inquiry is deficient if it does not adequately integrate into its analysis the regional and global ramifications of the violence which are as enduring as they are wide-ranging. The US decision to intervene is now generally understood to have been illegitimate and illegal, but the reasons for and the consequences of that decision have yet to receive the attention they deserve. If we are to make sense of what the United States attempted in Iraq and what it actually achieved, we need to analyse three key facets of contemporary international life: a) the globalisation of insecurity; b) the limits to empire, and c) the pitfalls associated with the unilateral use of force.


Joseph A. Camilleri, 'From Violence to Dialogue: Responding to Terrorism and the "War on Terror"', Journal of Dialogue Studies, 3(2), Autumn 2015, 53-72.

View the article here 

25 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

The Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies University of Otago, concerned at the lack of a nuanced response to recent incidents of political violence in the Middle East and elsewhere co-hosted a "Brainstorming" workshop on Islam and Nonviolence in Tokyo, Japan, on May 25-26, 2015. 

More details amy be viewed here

7 April 2016


St Michael's on Collins

120 Collins Street - Melbourne

6.00 - 8.30 pm

6 September 2016

This is the first of a series of four lectures given at St Michael's on Collins, Melbourne

Below are the PowerPoint preseentation and two links:

  • The first is a link to the current state of the Doomsday Clock, first established by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947.