Politicians have used the review to shore up conservative votes at the expense of Indonesia’s LGBT community. At this stage, it is likely that the revision will be endorsed by parliament but it remains unclear whether it will be approved by President Jokowi.
A new platform for counter-terrorism dialogue may not yield tangible results for South-East Asia but could act as a useful diplomatic vehicle for Australia to deepen its strategic bilateral arrangements with key partners.
US interest in the Indo-Pacific may be worrying for Indonesia as it could hasten a scuffle with China over competing interests in the region. Indonesia, however, is not in a position to turn away from the US and must keep its options on the table.
The recent arrest of the Golkar chairman could shift alliances in the governing coalition and hinder Jokowi’s chances at a second presidential term.
Reducing deforestation in the Ciliwung River basin will help to improve water security in Jakarta and contribute greatly to the reduction of carbon emissions globally.
While the focus of Japanese support appears to be centred on enabling and protecting Indonesia’s fishing industry, there is also a geo-strategic motivation to counter the Chinese claim over most of the South China Sea.
Thousands of West Timorese seaweed farmers are still severely affected by the oil spill. More should be done to examine the damage and to assess the rehabilitation needed within Indonesian waters.
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.