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Funding Success – Josh Roose, Greg Barton and Shahram Akbarzadeh

Funding Success – Josh Roose, Greg Barton and Shahram Akbarzadeh

Josh Roose, Greg Barton and Shahram Akbarzadeh have secured $175,097 from the Commonwealth Department of Defence under the Strategic Policy Grants Program for the project titled “Indonesia – China Cooperation in the Context of COVID-19”.


The Strategic Policy Grants Program (SPGP) aims to deliver outcomes that support Defence policy objectives to increase the strategic policy workforce’s capability to deliver high quality policy advice to Defence and the Australian Government. Specifically, these outcomes are intended to increase the amount and quality of discourse, debate and research on Defence strategic policy issues, as well as to deliver more professional development opportunities to Defence’s strategic policy workforce.

The scheme is currently open and will close on 22 August 2021.


The project, titled ‘Tracking the evolution of the Indonesia-China relationship in a post Covid-19 context’ aims to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Indonesia-China relations by looking at the period 2016-2021 and measuring the strength of the relationship across six core domains: political relations, economic relations, cultural relations, technological and biomedical cooperation and military cooperation. This research will serve as an important reference point for strategic decision makers seeking to determine the current and likely future trajectory of the two largest nations of geostrategic influence in the South China Sea in the event of regional conflict.


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