Indonesia

Islands of opportunity: Australia and India’s chance to collaborate
Islands of opportunity: Australia and India’s chance to collaborate
As maritime neighbours, India and Australia form the bookends of the Indian Ocean region. At a time of “big power muscle movement”, as Australia’s Navy Fleet Commander Rear…
Getting the narrative right: China’s media reach in Indonesia
Getting the narrative right: China’s media reach in Indonesia
As China’s President Xi Jinping arrived in Bali a fortnight ago to attend the G20 summit, Indonesian public network Televisi Republik Indonesia began airing “Classics Quoted by Xi…
Economic diplomacy: Charging up old ties with Jakarta
Economic diplomacy: Charging up old ties with Jakarta
Mining mates The lexicon of strained language to accommodate the endlessly complicated relationship between Indonesia and Australia is coalescing around a new phrase for…
The city that throbs with fury
The city that throbs with fury
Malang won’t stop grieving, defiantly and messily. Normally this would rile authorities, but their tolerance of the banners of hate draping the historic East Java city suggests…
Putting food at the heart of China-Indonesia relations
Putting food at the heart of China-Indonesia relations
As regional leaders gathered for the ASEAN summit in Cambodia last week, a sideline meeting also took place with China. For all the talk about regional rivalries amid growing…
Ashmore Reef resurfaces as a maritime headache
Ashmore Reef resurfaces as a maritime headache
Is Ashmore Reef part of Australia? That should be a relatively simple question to answer. The reef is an area of approximately 583 square kilometres, and encloses three islands –…
Australia must help turn back a regional democratic retreat 
Australia must help turn back a regional democratic retreat 
Successive Australian governments, for many years now, have not had an explicit policy for fostering and promoting democracy. One is needed, now more than ever. International…
From Jakarta to Nusantara: making sense of Indonesia’s capital shift
From Jakarta to Nusantara: making sense of Indonesia’s capital shift
As a nation, Indonesia has a propensity for changing its capital. Over the past three centuries, there has been quite an eventful journey from Batavia (Jakarta), Bandung, and…
Sustainable catch: better Indonesia-Australia cooperation on fishing
Sustainable catch: better Indonesia-Australia cooperation on fishing
This month, Indonesia and Australia signed an agreement on combatting illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. This is not only a significant step for both countries in…
A free trade zone for Timor-Leste and Indonesia
A free trade zone for Timor-Leste and Indonesia
In July, Indonesian President Joko Widodo received President José Ramos-Horta for the first state visit of the Timor-Leste leader’s term. Both made proposals to deepen economic…