High and Low Tides: Indonesian-Australian Bilateral Relations Over Transiting Asylum Seekers

16 April, 2014
5.30 - 7.00pm

This seminar sheds light on the troubled political relations between Indonesian and Australia over the issues of transiting asylum seekers and peoplesmuggling since 2001. The seminar will provide an overview of the most significant diplomatic ups and downs during Pacific Solutions I and II and the period in between and discusses Indonesia’s reasons for abandoning all anti-people- smuggling collaboration in November 2013. Some of the contentious issues related include Australia’s demand for an ‘Indonesian Solution’, the detention of hundreds of under-aged Indonesian people-smugglers, several requests for extraditing people-smugglers from Indonesia to Australia and the latest forced returns.

Dr Antje Missbach is a recipient of the ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2014-2017). A doctoral graduate of the Australian National University, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Graduate School for Muslim Cultures and Societies in Berlin and McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Melbourne Law School. Her research concentrates on transit migration and people smuggling in Indonesia and has been funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and the Australian Research Council. She has also taught at Humboldt University in Berlin and at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg.

Location: Room 448, Teachers College Building, Manning Road

Contact:Dr Vannessa Hearman
Email:vannessa.hearman@sydney.edu.au

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