In the news
- Bilateral relations getting back on track as Foreign Ministers Retno and Bishop meet at ASEAN in Kuala Lumpur—that means ‘fragile as ever’, says Griffith University’s Colin Brown.
- Plans to reinstate the crime of ‘insulting’ the president cause controversy over free speech in Indonesia.
- Deutsche-Welle highlights investor and technocratic concerns over protectionist industrial policies.
- Inside Indonesia: a translation of acclaimed author Putu Wijaya’s moving short story about Indonesian independence.
- A new paper by Bobby Anderson challenges some ‘myths’ about Papua, arguing that a key cause of conflict is ‘too little state as opposed to too much’.
Events & opportunities
- Melbourne, 7 August: the University of Melbourne hosts Joshua Oppenheimer, director of The Act of Killing and The Look Of Silence, at an afternoon forum.
- Melbourne, 13 August: AIYA Victoria will bring together prominent journalists and academics for a panel discussion on the media in Australia-Indonesia relations—see the Facebook event for details.
- Perth, 19 August: AIYA WA hosts its Basa-basi forum with Peter Tinley, Shadow Minister for Asian Engagement.
- Check out photos from AIYA ACT’s networking event held last night at the Indonesian Embassy.