The international public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally disrupted societies across the Indian Ocean region. Health systems have been stretched, economies have been hibernated, and social and family relationships have been strained to an extraordinary degree.
But the crisis has also given rise to reassessments of how countries might address their economic, trade and security challenges differently. What has been learned about the prospects for greater regional cooperation? How can countries act to prepare for viruses and other risks that trample on national borders and sovereignty? And how much can governments learn and borrow from one another to meet such challenges?
August, the UWA Public Policy Institute
and the Perth USAsia Centre
examined these impacts up close in Australia, India and Indonesia. Professor Shamit Saggar
(Director, UWA Public Policy Institute) and Professor Gordon Flake
(CEO, Perth USAsia Centre), hosted a public virtual panel discussion with three distinguished experts:
Professor Stephen Smith
- Professor Dewi Fortuna - Senior Positions in the Indonesian Habibie, Yudhoyono and Widodo Administrations; Research Professor, Indonesian Institute of Sciences
- Ambassador Shivshankar Menon - Former Indian National Security Adviser; Former Ambassador to China and Pakistan; Distinguished Fellow, Brookings India; Chairman, Institute of Chinese Studies Advisory Board
- Dr Marty Natalegawa - Former Foreign Minister of Indonesia; Member; UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation; Author, "Does ASEAN Matter?: a View from Within"
(Chair, UWA PPI Advisory Board and Board Member, Perth USAsia Centre) moderated the panel discussion.