Past event: Jokowi’s foreign policy and Australia-Indonesia ties

Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s contrasting approach to foreign policy compared to his predecessor, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, stands to reshape Australia-Indonesia ties. The bilateral relationship developed robustly under Yudhoyono, considered by many to be a great friend of Australia. But within Indonesia, Yudhoyono faced criticism for being too concerned with Indonesia’s international image, at the expense of taking decisive action against Australia when it transgressed the bounds of friendly behaviour.


In this public lecture, Dr Evi Fitriani charts President Jokowi’s distinct approach to foreign policy compared to Yudhoyono and outline the implications for Indonesia’s relationship with Australia.



Dave McRae is a Senior Lecturer at the Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Associate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society.