Dr. Teesta Prakash is the research associate for the Southeast Asia Program at the Lowy Institute. Teesta's research is interested in Australia's foreign Policy in the Indo-Pacific region, with a particular interest in the role of foreign aid flows and development. Additionally, Teesta writes on Indian foreign policy in the region with a focus on the 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.