Lombok Dialogue: Australia-Indonesian Next Generation Defence and Security Forum

Greta Nabbs-Keller presenting at the ASPI-Defence Lombok Dialogue, Sydney, 15 May 2013. (Image courtesy of Luke Wilson, ASPI.)

On 14-15 May 2013, Griffith Asia Institute PhD candidate, Ms Greta Nabbs-Keller participated in the inaugural Lombok Dialogue: Australia-Indonesian Next Generation Defence and Security Forum , hosted by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Department of Defence. The aim of the dialogue was to bring together emerging and experienced Australian and Indonesian policymakers, practitioners and academics under the auspices of the Lombok Treaty, for regular consultation on defence and security issues of common concern.


The Lombok Dialogue was attended by a range of speakers from both Indonesia and Australia, including both serving and former Indonesian and Australian defence personnel, public servants, diplomats, academics, as well as think-tank and private sector representatives. Former Australian ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Bill Farmer provided the keynote address to the Dialogue, whilst Indonesian Ambassador to Australia and the Republic of Vanuatu, His Excellency Mr Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, spoke on the Future of Indonesia-Australia relations. Greta presented in the final session of the Dialogue titled: Future Challenges in an Australia-Indonesia Strategic Partnership, where she addressed the impact of third party influence and political leadership on bilateral relations.