Aerial patrols will provide a significant boost to maritime patrols in the Sulu Sea through tracking militant movements. Further assistance from Singapore and Brunei is also likely.
While this year’s fire season is likely to be mild, there are still significant steps that the Indonesian Government needs to take to successfully address this recurring issue.
Rather than pleading to the EU to be more lenient, Indonesia and Malaysia should work to ensure that their palm oil exports are sustainable and eligible for certification.
At the summit, Jokowi pushed for greater economic ties with the US and Australia while campaigning to protect Indonesian palm oil exports from increased regulations in the European Union.
IS propaganda could be circulating among thousands of unregulated religious schools in Indonesia and may be exacerbated by the “Arabisation” of Islam.
Economic inequality in Indonesia is largely derived from the disproportionate amount of wealth and influence held by the top one per cent of the population. The consequences of that include greater susceptibility of the poor to extremism through cheap or free religious education, a lack of social services stemming from corruption and long-term economic costs for the whole country.
The charges against Rizieq will do little to tarnish the reputation of FPI among its supporters. Those already opposed to it, on the other hand, will be given more ammunition with which to criticise the organisation.
Weaknesses in the Indonesian tourism industry identified by the World Economic Forum are being addressed by the government and noticeable improvements should be seen by 2019.
The decision to build a new naval base on Morotai Island is part of a wider strategy to extend the Indonesian military’s influence to the country’s outer islands.
New offers of assistance to the Philippines and greater co-operation in dealing with extremism in South-East Asian countries could follow the recent dialogue.