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About RUSIDSS  Australia:

The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies - Australia (RUSIDSS-A) aims to provide and promote a professional and balanced informed debate to improve public awareness and understanding of defence and national security.

The Institute gratefully acknowledges the valued support received from the Department of Defence in its mission.  

We also receive financial support from our National Sponsor Rolls-Royce.

Forthcoming Events of National Interest

Forthcoming Events of National Interest Presented by Queensland

The Future of Australia-Indonesia Relations

in a

Contested Indo-Pacific Order

  • When

    05 Jul 2019


    07:30 - 17:00 (UTC+10:00)

  • Location

    Tattersalls Club, 215 Queen Street, Brisbane

  • Spaces left



  • Australia-Indonesia Business Council – $109.00

    Financial members of the AIBC

  • Defence APS and ADF – $99.00

    Department of Defence APS and all SERCAT members of the ADF

  • General Admission – $119.00

    Registrants who are not financial RUSI Members, Defence APS or ADF, or financial AIBC members

  • RUSI Member – $99.00

    Financial members of RUSI Queensland and other financial members of RUSIDSS-A Constituent Bodies.

Register now to secure your place at this highly anticipated blue-ribbon policy dialogue event.

RUSI Queensland


Political Trajectories: The Future of Australia - Indonesia Relations in a Contested Indo-Pacific Order

This seminar is RUSI Queensland's blue-ribbon event for 2019. Constant examination of the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship is required to understand the dynamic shifts in the political, diplomatic and social foundations of these two close neighbours. 

This year provides a special opportunity to recalibrate the strengths and weaknesses in this key regional relationship. Both countries will have completed national elections with political leaders and their parties embarking on their next terms of office in an increasingly uncertain Indo-Pacific domain. How will the relationship evolve? What are these key players thinking about each other? What are the emergent threats that might forge a deeper association between Canberra and Jakarta, or see a split develop along nationalistic, religious or security lines? And what are some of the 'black swan' events that could surprise and challenge both nations and the region? 

Introduced by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs (tbc), the impressive list of international and Australian speakers will address these issues and more over the course of this day-long seminar. Speakers, including senior policy advisors, think tank researchers and academics will prime discussions on topics including strategic calculus, political Islam, regional security threats, climate change, pandemic diseases and natural disasters. These speakers will then be joined by other experts for panel discussions designed to maximise audience participation and exposure to these contemporary 'big ideas' in the Australia-Indonesia relationship. Specific topics will necessarily be considered in the context of China's rise and the West's response.

Join Mr Peter Jennings (Director ASPI), Ibu Shafiah Muhibat (CSIS Jakarta), Prof Peter Leahy (National Security Institute), Prof Cordia Chu (Centre for Environment and Population Health), Prof Tim Lindsey (Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society) and Dr Greta Nabbs-Keller (Centre for Policy Futures) for a master class in international relations between Australia and the largest national Muslim population in the world -- Indonesia.


Indonesia-Australia Relationship

RUSIDSS-A Offices located at Defence

RUSIDSS-A and USI of the ACT Offices and Call Centre at Defence Campbell Park

RUSIDSS-A is a Company, whose Members are independently constituted Australian state and territory chapters, headquartered in Canberra, ACT. It is a non-profit organisation registered with the ACNC and is a Company limited by Guarantee managed by ACNC and ASIC. It provides educational, research and related services through its library services, website, journals and periodicals, regular presentations, conferences and seminars and visits to military installations. It has a long tradition of serving the community by promoting a better understanding of defence and national security.  This includes an understanding of Australian defence strategy, contemporary and historic conflict, developments in military science and technology and all aspects of defence and security as they relate to Australia now and into the future. It has several thousand members in all states and the ACT and include serving and retired members of the Australian Defence Force and other interested in defence and national security.

RUSIDSS-A State Members and Directors at the Annual General Meeting 2018