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  • Published: 16 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143573586
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $9.99

Condemned to Crisis: A Lowy Institute Paper: Penguin Special




It is often said that no country is more important to Australia than Indonesia. Yet the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran is just the latest in a long line of crises that have marred relations between Canberra and Jakarta. 

It is often said that no country is more important to Australia than Indonesia. Yet the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran is just the latest in a long line of crises that have marred relations between Canberra and Jakarta. 
Australian governments have been criticised for not doing more to strengthen ties with Indonesia, and even squandering opportunities to improve relations. In this penetrating analysis, Ken Ward argues that Australian governments and their critics need to be realistic about an Australia–Indonesia relationship that risks always being crisis-prone and volatile.

  • Pub date: 16 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143573586
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $9.99

About the Author

Ken Ward

Ken Ward left the Australian government in 2005 after a career in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Office of National Assessments.  His last government appointment was as Senior Indonesia Analyst at the Office of National Assessments. Since then, he has worked as a researcher on Indonesian terrorism and other Indonesian subjects, and has written extensively on the relationship between Australia and Indonesia.


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