Dr. Teesta Prakash is the Research Associate for the Southeast Asia Program at the Lowy Institute. Teesta's research focus is on foreign aid flows and development and Australia's foreign Policy in the Indo-Pacific region. Additionally, Teesta writes on Indian foreign policy with a focus on Quad initiatives in the Indo-Pacific. She joined the Lowy Institute in 2021 from Griffith Asia Institute where she completed her PhD in International Relations exploring Australia's aid to South and Southeast Asia during the Cold War. Teesta also holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the Australian National University.