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Joseph Camilleri

About Joseph Camilleri

Joseph Camilleri is managing director of Alexandria Agenda, Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.

A post pandemic world: glimmers of hope amid the bleak reality

With much of the world engulfed by the first, second or third waves of Covid-19 transmission, predicting when or how the post-pandemic future will emerge remains a hazardous occupation. One assumption, though, seems safe enough. When the spread of the … Continue reading

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Why the Biden victory is not the answer to our prayers

Much of America is breathing a sigh of relief that, gracefully or otherwise, Trump will soon vacate the White House. Allies of the United States – not just governments but much of the commentariat – are expecting a less turbulent … Continue reading

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Australia and the World after Trump? The moment of decision is fast approaching

Much of the commentary on the US election has focused on the personalities, the contest, the likely result. Will it be Biden or Trump again? But is this the nub of the question?

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The parlous state of our security policies – thinking through the hard questions

In Australia security policy is made largely behind closed doors, and subject to remarkably little scrutiny by parliament or our mainstream media. It has at best a fleeting presence in our political and public discourse.

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It’s time to strip ‘national security’ of its sacred cow status. Part 2

On closer inspection, the immense financial, institutional, and rhetorical investment in this elaborate security edifice rests on questionable assumptions. The costs may far outweigh any likely benefits.

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It’s time to strip ‘national security’ of its sacred cow status. Part 1

The Prime Minister has just announced the most hawkish turn in Australia’s defence policy since the end of the Cold War.  All in the name of national security, the mantra of governments intent on justifying sprawling, costly and often unaccountable … Continue reading

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Living with China: There is a way, but is there a will? Part 3

To enter into a sustained and productive dialogue with China, Australia needs to do its homework. As indicated In Parts 1 and 2, both government and society have to cultivate a better understanding of contemporary China, its history, culture, economy … Continue reading

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Living with China: There is a way, but is there a will? Part 2

In Part 1 we saw that the post-1945 Western dominated world order is rapidly giving way to a multicentric world, in which different players, each with its own system of governance and civilisational inheritance, are vying for power and influence. … Continue reading

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Living with China: There is a way, but is there a will? Part 1

There is a growing sense that it’s time to step off the merry-go-round of China bashing and the Australia bashing that inevitably follows. But what is to take its place? Many would like to see a more solid foundation for … Continue reading

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JOSEPH A. CAMILLERI. Can we rescue the China relationship from the abyss?

For some time now we have been routinely mishandling our relations with China. Our petulant demand for an international Covid-19 inquiry, whose thinly veiled purpose was to point the finger at Beijing’s misdeeds, is the latest in a long series … Continue reading

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JOSEPH A. CAMILLERI. Covid-19 – Lessons Not Yet Learnt

For weeks now Covid-19 has dominated the world’s media. We’ve had endless facts, advice and commentary on the virus itself, the number of deaths and infections, the level of testing, the do’s and don’ts of hygiene and social distancing, the … Continue reading

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JOSEPH CAMILLERI. China policy drowning in empty rhetoric – time for an informed public debate

China is in the news and rightly so. If it’s not events in Hong Kong, it’s the China-US trade dispute, or tensions in the South China Sea, Beijing’s expanding influence in the South Pacific, the prospect of a Chinese military … Continue reading

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JOSEPH ANTHONY CAMILLERI. Was this ‘the election we had to have’?

It is two weeks since Australia went to the polls, but are we any wiser as to what actually transpired at the ballot box and during the preceding weeks of mind numbing electioneering? Politicians and commentators alike have single-mindedly focused … Continue reading

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JOSEPH A. CAMILLERI. Just Peace: A timely roadmap for Australia or impossible dream? – Part 2

If ‘just peace’ requires peacemaking and peacebuilding to be sensitive to the cries of the poor and the cries of the Earth, how relevant is it to Australia’s present circumstances? If what is proposed is a holistic approach to the … Continue reading

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JOSEPH A. CAMILLERI. Just Peace: The only antidote to the age of violence – Part 1

Endemic violence, the hallmark of the last hundred years, shows no sign of abating. The death toll resulting from war in the 20th century is 187 million and probably higher. The number of armed conflicts in the world has risen … Continue reading

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JOSEPH CAMILLERI. The seismic shift we can no longer ignore

The acute tensions that disrupted the recent APEC summit, the Brexit fiasco in Britain, the rise of populist discourse and movements in much of Europe, the ‘theatre of the grotesque’ in Trump’s America, are just a few of the symptoms … Continue reading

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JOSEPH A. CAMILLERI: Australia’s China policy mired in phobia and confusion.

Australia’s handling of its relations with China is rapidly descending into farce. Geoff Raby’s excellent piece (30 April) makes abundantly clear the principal factor at work, namely a nostalgic attachment to the US-led regional and global order of earlier years.

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JOSEPH CAMILLERI. For our misdeeds in Korea we shall pay dearly

The result of the recent snap election called by Shinzo Abe and Japan’s steady military build-up are a portent of things to come. The Korean crisis, which owes at least as much to Washington’s flexing of military muscle as to … Continue reading

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JOSEPH A. CAMILLERI. Australia’s engagement with Asia and the world has fallen on hard times.

In the vain hope of minimising the catastrophic consequences of America’s 16-year long military intervention, Donald Trump has just announced yet another surge in its military presence in Afghanistan.  Australia, like other allies, will also be asked to do more, … Continue reading

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JOSEPH CAMILLERI. The Politics of Paralysis: Australian style

It is hard not to conclude that our major parties have been the primary stumbling block. They seem singularly ill equipped to envisage, let alone manage, the institutional changes called for by a globalising and increasingly interdependent world. If innovation … Continue reading

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JOSEPH CAMILLERI. New series. We can say ‘no’ to the Americans.

 Australia at the crossroads of time and imagination  Can Australia rise to the challenge of a rapidly transforming world or is it bound to the myths of a bygone age?

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JOSEPH CAMILLERI. The election of Hillary Clinton promises a more dangerous world.

In a long and often exasperating presidential campaign, Americans and the world have been subjected to Donald Trump’s odious and often incoherent rhetoric, and from both sides much vitriol and endless accusations of deceit, crookedness and sexual misconduct. In this … Continue reading

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