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Anxiety, unpreparedness and distrust: Indonesia’s careful response to AUKUS

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The arrival of AUKUS has stirred anxieties about Indonesia’s strategic role in the Indo-Pacific region and its implications for trust and stability.

Can Australia’s declining Indonesia literacy survive Covid-19 cuts?

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Virtual 'study abroad' programs have kept students engaged with Indonesia despite the Covid-19 pandemic. But government, universities and business need to provide students with more opportunities to continue building on their language and Indonesian expertise in Australia.

Indonesian sympathy for a ‘changed’ Taliban: more harm than good

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Some Indonesian political elites and Islamic leaders have expressed rather hopeful views on the future of governance in Afghanistan under the Taliban. This could be dangerous.

Talking Indonesia: Australia-Indonesia public diplomacy

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What is the state of Indonesia-Australia relations during these times of increasing international detachment and the defunding of public diplomacy programs? Dr Charlotte Setijadi chats to Dr Elisabeth Kramer and Elena Williams in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

The Australian left is known for backing Papuan independence – but it wasn’t always this way

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Dominique Tasevski examines the history of the Australian Communist Party’s problematic and inconsistent position on Indonesian control over West Papua.

Will IA-CEPA be the boost to Australia-Indonesia relations leaders are banking on?

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Donny Pasaribu and Krisna Gupta are sceptical about Indonesia and Australia's new trade agreement, but suggest it may yet offer benefits for the bilateral relationship.

Talking Indonesia: China's rise

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What do the recent tensions between China and Indonesia north of the Natuna Islands tell us about the implications of China’s rise for Indonesia? Dr Dave McRae chats to Emirza Adi Syailendra in the first episode of Talking Indonesia for 2020.

Talking Indonesia: China, Indonesia and the Cold War

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What was Chinas role, if any, in the events of 1965? How did transnational ethnic ties and the daily practices of the ethnic Chinese influence state-to-state diplomacy at the time? Dr Charlotte Setijadi discusses these issues and more with Dr Taomo Zhou in Talking Indonesia.

Indonesia-Australia trade deal could help sandbag relationship against elections, politics

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The free trade agreement between Australia and Indonesia was finally signed on 4 March. Matthew Busch writes that if successful, it could help stabilise economic, trade and investment cooperation in the face of future turmoil in the bilateral relationship.

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