Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop launched the Foreign Policy White Paper with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on 23 November. What does Indonesia stand in Australia’s foreign policy priorities?
In the news
Many Australian leaders often say that the relationship with Indonesia to be the most important bilateral relationship. However, Professor Tim Lindsey thinks that the noticeably light on details in this year’s white paper will not affect much to Indonesia.
My Pain, My Country is a new novel by Dewi Anggraeni looking back at the chaotic riots in 1998, where it seeks to bring cultural nuance to the anti-government protests that led to President Soeharto’s fall.
According to the Diplomat, Indonesia’s recent new military chief nomination means that it confirms months of speculation where the key post holds significance within the changing context of Indonesia’s military and politics.
ANU’s Ray Yen went to the “reunion” for 2016’s anti-Ahok demonstrations over the weekend, and shares his thoughts on how the event was a joyful celebration of an “Islamic awakening”, but also a platform for religious intolerance and racism.
On the blog
This week, we hear from producer Ben Mortley, who is one of the people behind Mukhtar’s Story, a short film originally shot as part of the feature-length documentary Aceh: beyond the tsunami, which has upcoming screenings under Events below.
Sydney, 10 December – Come to AIYA NSW’s annualMalam Trivia Night for a fun night of food, prizes, and test your knowledge on all things Australian and Indonesian!
Melbourne, 13 December – Attend AIYA VIC’s last language exchange of the year! Just enough time to improve your Indonesian skills or pick up new Aussie slangs for the new year, and you can also meet new friends at the event.
Banda Aceh, 17 December – Attend the premiere screening of Aceh: beyond the tsunami, a documentary exploring the extraordinary stories of 2004 survivors and Q&A with the producers.
Yogyakarta, 19 December – The Aceh: beyond the tsunami movie team is also holding a screening in Yogya! Check out the details here on how you can attend the event.