Beyond Bilateral: Australia and Indonesia in the Indo-Pacific Region
By Hugo Seymour from Perth USAsia Centre | 27 Oct 2017
The Perth USAsia Centre convened in Darwin on 24 October 2017 a high-level meeting of the Australia-Indonesia Working Group, led by the 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia His Excellency Professor Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono AC. The purpose of the Darwin workshop was to identify ways Australia and Indonesia can deepen strategic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific security realm.
- In his opening remarks, His Excellency Professor Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called for an Indo-Pacific Treaty to set a legally binding regional framework for strategic cooperation and conduct. Dr Yudhoyono stated an Indo-Pacific Treaty "would mean member countries have to abide by certain norms and behaviour that would benefit regional cooperation... It also means stengthening the noirms and rules of engagement."
- Following Dr Yudhoyono's opening remarks, the Working Group discussed other policy options to manage the growing traditional and non-traditional threats in the region. Policy recommendations were produced from an inquiry into how Australia and Indonesia can deepen cooperation in the region.
- Signature addresses were also delivered by former Indonesian Ambassador to the United States and Vice-Foreign Minister Dr Dino Patti Djalal, Research Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre Ms Natalie Sambhi, as well as Professor John Blaxland, Head of Southeast Asia Institute at the Australian National University.
- A policy report from the Darwin meeting of the Australia-Indonesia Working Group will be published in due course.
Hugo Seymour is a Research and Program Assistant at the Perth USAsia Centre
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