What is the state of US-Indonesia relations, amid rising geopolitical competition in Indonesia’s region, and following the election of Donald Trump as US president? In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Dave McRae speaks to Dr Dino Patti Djalal ahead of US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Indonesia on 20 April.

Presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto has raised eyebrows by declaring direct elections a Western import, writes Dave McRae

One candidate accuses the Australian Government of “phobia”, the other of a “lack of trust”. As Avery Poole explains, the signals for Australia-Indonesia relations are not good, regardless of who wins on 9 July.

University of Melbourne Indonesia specialist Dr Dave McRae contemplates the implications of Tony Abbott’s visit to Jakarta on the relationship between the two nations. Image: Getty

Poor handling of spying revelations and a unilateral ‘stop the boats’ policy have aroused Indonesian ire. Icy relations seem set to endure with PM Abbott’s decision not to go to Bali. Tim Lindsey explains.