The project entailed work with the youth from the Alawi, Alevi and Sunni sects of Islam to cultivate an understanding of and a capacity to positively work on inter-sectarian tensions by directly addressing these issues in a way that respects reverence, difference and diversity.
The Leadership Training Program for Young Muslims was one of the major programs of the La Trobe Centre for Dialogue. It was conceived by Joseph Camilleri, the Centre's Director, and established following representations to the Victorian Government and the strong support offered by the then Premrier of Victoria, the Hon Steve Bracks.
The course considered some of the most pressing questions facing the Australian Islamic community, including the question of terrorism, the ‘war on terror’, and the so-called ‘clash of civilisations’. Is such a clash the cause of the dramatic events we witness at the local through to the global levels, or are there less emotive yet more critical factors that must be understood?
A series of 10-week and 6-week courses offered each year with the aim of developing better community understanding of the dynamics of a rapidly globalising world and Australia's place in it.
Each year the course attracted between 35 and 70 participants, most of them working in education, government, the professions, media, and religious and community organisations, as well as a number of students.
Directed six-year international research project on Democratizing Global Governance (1997-2003). The project attracted over $350 000 in external grants, and resulted in the publication of two books and some 18 papers in internationally refereed journals.