As religious cultural communities in the Asia-Pacific region respond to globalisation, some of the more thoughtful elements are discovering that despite their considerable differences, they share a number of perspectives in regard to the environment, economy, consumption, political conduct, community wellbeing and the dignity of the human person.
This was a major international conference hosted by La Trobe University to mark the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. the conference, convened by Joseph Camilleri, examined issues relating to democracy, security and regionalism, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. The conference brought together sdome fo the world's leading scholars, policy-makers and NGO representatives to examine the UN's structure, performance and agenda.
The Conference, convened by Joseph Camilleri, examined the role of the state and its relationship to nation and community on the one and to the changing international environment on the other. The Conference featured presentations by some thirty leading international and Australian scholars, with Professor R. B. J. Walker as the keynote speaker.
The Conference, convened by Joseph Camilleri, was a sequel to a number of other workshops and symposia that have been organised in collaboration with other institutions in Europe and Asia. They formed part of a larger research programme Europe and Asia between Islam and the United States: The Politics of Transition.
This Conference focused on the interaction of three key dualities:
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.