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Greta Nabbs-Keller

Dr Greta Nabbs-Keller is a Research Fellow at The University of Queensland’s Centre for Policy Futures and Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS-UQ).

Articles by Greta Nabbs-Keller (14)

  • Year in Review: Leadership change boosts relations with Jakarta

    The idea that Canberra's volatile political relationship with Jakarta could be remediated by greater ‘ballast’ has been an article of faith in Australian foreign policy circles since former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans employed the metaphor in a 1988 speech to a bilateral business forum. Evan's logic was that greater substance in the form of increased mutual interests would provide greater equilibrium to what he described as an 'overly intense political relationship'. 
  • The very public flaying of Marty Natalegawa

    As jockeying intensifies for ministerial appointments in President-elect Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo's new cabinet, divisions and dissatisfaction within Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs have played out in a very public fashion. In a riveting if unedifying spectacle, Indonesia's press has carried tit for tat analysis and commentary both supporting, but mostly intensely critical of, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa.  The criticisms (which are strangely reminiscent of those leveled against a cert
  • Is Indonesia shifting its South China Sea policy?

    A Jakarta think-tank intellectual was once asked whether Beijing listens when Jakarta speaks. He responded emphatically: 'Oh yes! The problem is we don't say enough'. In the post-authoritarian era, Indonesian officials, like many of their Southeast Asian counterparts, have tended to self-censor when it comes to China, avoiding public criticism while benefiting from considerable Chinese largesse.