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INSIGHT: Australia, Indonesia and the opportunities of south-east Asia – Ben Bland, director, Southeast Asia Program, Lowy Institute

Ben Bland

South-east Asia is key to Australia’s long-term economic and strategic stability, nurturing those relationships is critical to mutual security and stability.

South-east Asia is key to Australia’s long-term economic and strategic stability, nurturing those relationships is critical to mutual security and stability.

 

On this episode of the Defence Connect: Insight podcast, host Steve Kuper is joined by Ben Bland, director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Lowy Institute, where the pair discuss the transformation of south-east Asia since the end of the Cold War and Australia’s place in it.

The pair cover the growing importance of the Australia-Indonesia relationship as both nations navigate the defining factor of economic and strategic security in the region: the US-China relationship.

Bland discusses his experience on the ground in Indonesia and the challenges facing Indonesia’s long-term development in the coming decades, as well as the immense opportunities available to Australia in supporting the development of Indonesia.

Finally, they talk about the response of south-east Asia to growing tensions in the South China Sea, the historic rivalries shaping the regional dynamics and the ramifications of rising tensions between mainland China and Taiwan.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

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Episode 328: PODCAST: The Defence Strategic Review, shaping the future ADF
Episode 327: PODCAST: Readying Australia for the nuclear submarine revolution
Episode 326: PODCAST: The future of ISR satellites, with Kleos co-founder Andy Bowyer
Episode 325: PODCAST: In conversation with the head of Defence Space Command, Air Vice-Marshal Catherine Roberts
Episode 324: PODCAST: News, public opinion and energy security – unpacking the latest in defence
Episode 323: PODCAST: Cyber security, a legal requirement? With Clyde & Co’s Reece Corbett-Wilkins and Avryl Lattin
Episode 322: PODCAST: 45 Days – The Fight For A Nation, with Emile Ghessen
Episode 321: PODCAST: News wrap – Chapter closed: Subs program turns new page
Episode 320: SPOTLIGHT: Revolutionising the space domain, with Lockheed Martin Australia and Inovor Technologies

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