Australia Takes Steps to Prioritize and Expand Ties With Indonesia

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Jakarta, Nov. 12, 2015 (AP photo by Darren Whiteside).
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Jakarta, Nov. 12, 2015 (AP photo by Darren Whiteside).

Last month, officials from Indonesia and Australia met in Sydney, where they agreed to increase counterterrorism cooperation and information-sharing in response to the growing threat from the so-called Islamic State. In an email interview, Greta Nabbs-Keller, the manager of Indonesia programs at the University of Queensland’s international development unit, discusses the current state of Australia-Indonesia relations. WPR: How have ties with Indonesia evolved under the administration of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and to what extent have the two sides been able to move past recent tensions over Australia’s asylum policy and Indonesia’s execution of Australian drug smugglers? Greta Nabbs-Keller: […]

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