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AIIA Contribution Indonesia-Australia Dialogue

Published 03 Jan 2017

Lombok dialogueASPI 2016

On Tuesday 29 November, AIIA ACT President Bob Lowry participated in the ASPI-FCPI Indonesia-Australia Track 1.5 Lombok Dialogue. The dialogue, which ran for the full day, discussed the defence and security relationship between Indonesia and Australia, highlighting areas of improvement since the 2006 conception of the Lombok Treaty. Multiple sessions across the day covered a variety of issues under these broad themes:

  1. The State of Indonesia-Australia Relations
  2. Strengthening Maritime Security
  3. Counterterrorism & New Security Risks
  4. Defence Industry Cooperation
  5. Roundtable: Opportunities for Closer Collaboration

Mr Bob Lowry chaired a roundtable discussion in the second session (“Strengthening Maritime Security”), which included Australian guest speaker Professor Ben Schreer and Indonesian guest speaker Dr Dinna Wisnu. Participants in this discussion touched upon the following topics:

  • The South China Sea – Responding to growing strategic tensions and regional insecurity
  • Indonesia’s position as a non-claimant state
  • Issue of the Natuna Islands/Indonesia’s defence response
  • Australia-Indonesia joint naval patrolsThe dialogue generated positive discussion on the opportunities and challenges underlying Indonesia-Australian defence cooperation in an increasingly contested Asia-Pacific region.

The dialogue generated positive discussion on the opportunities and challenges underlying Indonesia-Australian defence cooperation in an increasingly contested Asia-Pacific region.

Participants included:

Australian Delegation

  • Professor Greg Barton, Research Professor in Global Islamic Politics, Deakin University
  • CAPT Matt Brown, Naval Attaché Jarkata-designate
  • Ms Gabrielle Burrell, Assistant Secretary, South and Southeast Asia Branch, Department of Defence
  • Mr Allaster Cox, First Assistant Secretary, South East Asia Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Dr Malcolm Davis, Senior Analyst, ASPI
  • Mr William (Bill) Farmer (AO), Former Australian Ambassador to Indonesia
  • A/Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan, Crime Operations, Australian Federal Police
  • Ambassador Paul Grigson, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia
  • Mr John Harvey, NSW Defence Advocate
  • Dr Allan Hawke AC, Former Senior Australian Public Servant and Diplomat
  • Mr Gary Hogan, Director Defence and National Security, KPMG Australia
  • Mr Peter Jennings PSM, Executive Director, ASPI
  • Ms Jessica Kerr, Assistant Director Indonesia, International Policy Division, Department of Defence
  • Ms Amelia Long, Editor, The Strategist and Researcher, ASPI
  • Mr Bob Lowry, President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (ACT Branch)
  • Ms Linda McCann, Director Indonesia, International Policy Division, Department of Defence
  • Mr Nathan Rufus, Director Industry Policy & Governance, Department of Defence
  • Professor Ben Schreer, Head of Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University
  • Mr Patrick Walters, Executive Editor, The Strategist, ASPI
  • CDRE Mal Wise, Commodore Warfare, Royal Australian Navy

Indonesian Delegation

  • Mr Endy M. Bayuni, Editor in Chief, The Jakarta Post
  • Mr Ida B. Made Bimantara, First Secretary, Embassy of Indonesia
  • Dr Dino Patti Djalal, Founder, FPCI
  • Professor Hasjim Djalal, Advisor to Naval Chief and Minister for Maritime Affairs
  • Mr Mohamad Irfan, Community Development, Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia
  • Professor Aleksius Jemadu, Ph.D, Dean of the Department of International Relations, University of Pelita Harapan
  • Ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, Embassy of Indonesia
  • Mr Evan Laksmana, Researcher, CSIS
  • Dr Timotius Triswan Larosa, S.Sos., MBA, M.Si, Head of Department Mastra (Strategic Studies), Indonesian Air Force Command and Staff College (SESKOAU)
  • Mr Yayan Mulyana, Consul-General of Indonesia in Sydney
  • Professor Tirta Nugraha Mursitama, Head of AIIHI, Indonesian Association of International Relations Studies
  • Brigjen TNI Muhammad Nakir, Director of Strategic Policy, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Indonesia
  • Mr Faiz A. Nugroho, Staffer to Pak Muhammad Nakir
  • Dr Siswo Pramono, Foreign Ministry Head of Policy Development Agency (BPPK) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia
  • Mr Kup Yanto Setiono, Staffer to Dr Siswo Pramono
  • Dr Arie Setiabudi Soesilo, M. Sc., Dean of the Faculty Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia
  • Mr Chandra Sukotjo, First Secretary/Political, Indonesian Embassy, Canberra
  • Dr Dinna Wisnu, Political Economist, Associate Professor, Paramadina Graduate School of Diplomacy