In the lead up to the release of the 'Australia in the
Asian Century' white paper, Dewi FortunaAnwar writes
that Australia should be doing more to foster relations with its near
northern neighbour. Indonesia isn’t worried about being ‘neglected’ by
Australia – because half the world is knocking on its door.
Recent ‘flashpoints’ with asylum seekers, the cattle trade, drug arrests
and terrorism tend to obscure the fact that Australia has some of the
world’s best intellectual expertise on Indonesia.
An excerpt of this essay appears in today's Australian
About the author
Prof. Dewi Fortuna Anwar is Deputy Secretary for Political
Affairs to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia.
In addition to the role with the office of the Vice President, she is a
Research Professor and held the position of the Deputy Chairman for
Social Sciences and Humanities at The Indonesian Institute of Sciences
(LIPI) from 2001-2010. She is also the Chair of the Institute for
Democracy and Human Rights at The Habibie Center, a member of the Board
of Advisors of CIDES (Center for Information and Development Studies) in
Jakarta, and a member of the Board of Advisors, The Institute for Peace
and Democracy, The Bali Democracy Forum.