WEBINAR: What does Southeast Asia want from Australia? | Melbourne Asia Review

Melbourne Asia Review is an initiative of the Asia Institute. Any inquiries about Melbourne Asia Review should be directed to the Managing Editor, Cathy Harper.

Email Address

Amid great power competition between China and the US, will Australia deepen its engagement with Southeast Asia?

The answer will depend crucially on how closely Australia aligns with Southeast Asia’s needs and interests. Greater alignment will build a growing sense of solidarity while divergence in strategic priorities will see Australia and Southeast Asia drift apart.

So, what does Southeast Asia want from Australia?

This webinar brings together three experts from the region to give their frank assessment. Drawing on research by the Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy and Defence Dialogue (AP4D) being published by Melbourne Asia Review, this webinar gives an opportunity to listen to significant Southeast Asian voices sharing their views.


Dr Evi Fitriani, Universitas Indonesia.

Dr Shahriman Lockman, Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia.

Charadine Pich, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace.

Chaired by Melissa Conley Tyler, Honorary Fellow, Asia Institute; and Program Lead, Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy & Defence Dialogue (AP4D).

Image: Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, Sydney, March 17, 2018. Credit: Jeremy Piper/ ASEANinAus/Flickr.


ASEAN Australia defence development diplomacy Southeast Asia