Natalie Sambhi

Natalie is a Research Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre where she publishes on Indonesian foreign and defence policy as well as Southeast Asian security. She was most recently an Analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) from 2012 to 2016 and Managing Editor of ASPI's blog, The Strategist. She worked previously at the Department of Defence and University of Canberra.
Natalie is currently a Ph.D. student at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University, focussing on Indonesian military history. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Arts (International Relations) and Master of Diplomacy from the Australian National University.
In January 2016 and in May 2014, Natalie was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington, DC where she presented on Indonesian civil-military relations. Natalie has previously been involved with the Australian Institute of International Affairs ACT, having served as Vice President 2013–2015; the US-based Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) as a host of the podcast series Sea Control: Asia Pacific; and as a host for their international relations segment Foreign Entanglements.
In 2010, Natalie founded the blog Security Scholar and tweets at @SecurityScholar. She speaks Indonesian, enjoys playing the cello and listening to Wu Tang Clan.


  • 12 Sep, 2018
    South-East Asia

    Expanding Horizons: Indonesia's Regional Engagement in the Indo-Pacific Era

    By Faris Al-Fadhat, Matthew Busch, Poppy S. Winanti et al.,
  • 04 Sep, 2017
    South Asia

    Realising the Indo-Pacific: Tasks for India's Regional Integration

    By Gordon Flake et al
  • 27 Feb, 2017

    Exercise Northern Shield & Current Issues in Defence

    By Natalie Sambhi and Reed Foster
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