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Indonesia’s COVID crisis: the case for Australian aid
The coronavirus pandemic has exacted a huge human toll on Indonesia, placing strains on the health system and setting back years of work in poverty reduction. Asialink senior adviser Donald Greenlees argues what Australia now does to help its closest Asian neighbour meet both challenges will be long remembered.
Survey reveals what Indonesians really think of Australia
A recent survey of Southeast Asia has revealed perceptions of Australia, particularly those held by Indonesians, are not reflecting Australia's actions or goals in the region. As Hillary Mansour writes, despite significant aid contributions, Australia has much work to do to reverse the course of public opinion in Indonesia.
The first summit Quad meeting reaffirms a free, open and secure Indo-Pacific
Amid continued Chinese aggression, the Quad’s significance has increased further. As Dr Ashok Sharma writes, the summit-level meeting ascertains that the Quad is not only here to stay but will be a powerful stabilising force in the Indo-Pacific.
Has the Quad made soft power fashionable again?
Last week’s Quad leaders’ summit saw the United States put soft power back at the centre of regional diplomacy. Former ambassador John McCarthy argues Australia needs to take note.
The Quad takes a big leap forward
The first leaders’ level meeting of the Quad countries on Friday establishes the group as an emerging force in the Indo-Pacific. But as Prof. Purnendra Jain argues the US, India, Japan and Australia need to be more than just a bulwark against China’s global ambitions, but exemplars at home of the values they stand for – democracy, freedom and openness.