Policy, Guns and Money: Geopolitics in Southeast Asia and Australia–Indonesia relations

In this episode, ASPI’s Gatra Priyandita speaks to Thomas Parks from the Asia Foundation about geopolitics in Southeast Asia. While there’s a lot of attention on the US–China rivalry and its implications for the region, Gatra and Tom focus on the different regional dynamics in Southeast Asia, including ASEAN, regional challenges and the relationships that countries like Australia and Japan have in the region and how they have changed.

Zooming in on Indonesia, Gatra speaks to Natalie Sambhi, executive director of Verve Research, about Indonesian politics and foreign policy and Australia’s relationship with Indonesia. They discuss Indonesia’s vision for the world and how it aligns with Australia’s, the roles both countries can play in shaping international rules and norms, and how to further strengthen the bilateral relationship, including through education.