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Australia, Indonesia and the prisoner's dilemma

By Andrew Davies, Peter Jennings, Rod Lyon, Peter Edwards, Peter McCawley and Greta Nabbs-Keller

The bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia has long been a fraught one. The latest tussle, over the imminent execution of two Australian prisoners in Indonesia, prompted a series of posts on ASPI’s blog, The Strategist, framing the broader relationship in the context of the Prisoner’s Dilemma model from game theory.

Six contributors explored the issues at stake, with ASPI’s Executive Director, Peter Jennings both initiating the discussion and rounding it up. We present here the combined posts in the hope that they will further the national discussion about the future of our relationship with our large northern neighbour.

Whatever differences our contributors might have with each other, they would surely agree that the relationship is one of special significance for both Canberra and Jakarta.