This proposed project was to ask: What would a nuclear weapon-free world look like? And, by extension, feel like? Many have advocated a nuclear weapon-free world, but few have envisioned it as daily life. This project is to be completed in memory of L.H.M. Ling.︎ 

Principal investigators: N.A.J. Taylor︎, L.H.M. Ling (The New School)︎, and Ebrahim Sharifi (The New School) 
Institutional partners: The New School’s Centre for Creativity and Social Change︎


A regional dialogue in Athens on the proposal to establish a Middle East zone free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction aswell as their means of delivery (WMDFZ). In preparation since April 2010, the dialogue was the product of extensive consultation with key stakeholders in the Middle East as well as outside the region.︎

Principal investigators: N.A.J. Taylor︎, Joseph A. Camilleri (La Trobe University)︎, and Michael Hamel-Green (Victoria University)︎
Institutional partners: European Public Law Organisation︎ and La Trobe University’s Centre for Dialogue︎
Key outputs:
a book translated into Farsi, Hebrew and Arabic︎
Sponsors: United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office, La Trobe University, and The University of Queensland 
External funding: $150,000


Australia is a multi-ethnic, multi-faith, multicultural society. Its future depends on the constructive engagement of ethnic, cultural and religious diversity. Though they have lived in Australia for a number of years, ethno-specificgroups that are on opposite sides of the conflicts in the Middle East have had remarkably little contact with each other. Isolation of this kind can deepen mistrust and suspicion, lead in some cases to provocative actions that hinder conflict resolution, deepen old divisions and create new tensions within Australia. There is therefore an urgent need to bring these groups together and facilitate constructive dialogue between them.

Principal investigators: Joseph A. Camilleri (La Trobe University)︎, Michalis S. Michael (La Trobe University)︎, and N.A.J. Taylor︎
Institutional partner: La Trobe University’s Centre for Dialogue︎
Key output:
more than thirty hours of inter-cultural dialogue 

Sponsors: The William Buckland Foundation; Victorian Government; La Trobe University
External funding: $200,000