Indonesia-Australia: Navigating the Geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific Post-COVID-19

Morrison and Widodo

Online webinar event.


Asialink, Queen’s College, and the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the University of Melbourne are delighted to invite you to join us for a live webinar with senior leaders from Indonesia and Australia.

Earlier this year, Australia and Indonesia celebrated the 70th anniversary of the appointment of diplomat John Hood as Canberra’s first ambassador to Jakarta and newly re-elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo made a highly successful visit to Canberra.

Those milestones happened amid rapid changes and uncertainty in the global and regional geopolitical outlook. The COVID-19 pandemic is now re-shaping the challenges facing the two countries.

Looking forward to a new era of cooperation, our high-level panel will explore a range of questions including:

  • Will COVID-19 accelerate or displace existing geopolitical and economic trends?
  • Beyond the COVID-19 crisis, what are the opportunities for Australia and Indonesia to exercise greater middle-power leadership within regional and global economic and political institutions?
  • How can Indonesia and Australia work more closely together to achieve common aims in the new international environment and support each other’s emergence from the crisis?

The webinar will be moderated by Ms Annisa Natalegawa, Managing Director, Asia Group Advisors.

Speakers include:

HE Ambassador Gary Quinlan AO, Ambassador of Australia to Indonesia

HE Ambassador Kristiarto Legowo, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Australia

Mr Peter Varghese AO, Chancellor of the University of Queensland and former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Ms Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, CEO, Sintesa Group

Mr Evan A. Laksmana, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Indonesia

Ms Merriden Varrall, Director, Australia Geopolitics Hub, KPMG Australia

Teuku Mohammad Hamzah Thayeb, Former Indonesian Ambassador to Australia

Mr John McCarthy AO, Asialink Senior Advisor and Former Australian Ambassador to Indonesia

Registration closes 12pm AEDT, 21 October 2020.

Click here to register now.