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As an emerging maritime power, Indonesia will encounter a variety of considerations in deciding how it will project its power in the region. In the lead up to his election, Indonesian President Joko Widodo promised to strengthen Indonesia’s maritime security and develop diplomatic ties.

Indonesian Counterterrorism Arrests Highlight Successes and Challenges

31 October 2012 | Indonesia SWA Articles

The recent arrest of eleven terrorist suspects demonstrates the success of Australian-Indonesian counterterrorism co-operation since the 2002 Bali bombings, while highlighting some of the challenges that lie ahead. Background Following several days of raids across four provinces in late October 2012, the Indonesian National Police special counterterrorism unit Densus 88 arrested 11 men suspected of...

Indonesia, Malaysia Continue Corruption Fight

10 October 2012 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Both Indonesia and Malaysia are continuing their efforts to tackle corruption. While much remains to be done, Indonesia in particular is making progress.  Background Officials in both Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur have recently stressed their countries’ commitment to fighting corruption. Indonesian authorities announced that the Transportation and Trade Ministries had made the greatest strides in...

Indonesia to Expand Arms Sales to Africa and Middle East

29 August 2012 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Indonesia is seeking to capitalise on interest from Iraq and Uganda in purchases of Indonesian defence products, which, if successful, will contribute to the target of US$7.6 billion in defence sector earnings. Background The Indonesian defence industry could receive a sizeable boost if plans for exports to Iraq and Uganda go ahead. Earnings from the...

China, Indonesia Begin Missile Talks

8 August 2012 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Background China and Indonesia have started talks on the ambitious local production of C-705 anti-ship missiles, as part of Indonesia’s efforts to achieve independence in weapons production. The defence co-operation reflects strengthening ties between the two countries, amid heightening tension in the South China Sea involving China and a number of Indonesia’s ASEAN neighbours. Comment...

Indonesia and the Failed States Index Report

11 July 2012 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Background The annual Failed States Index (FSI) report has once again been released by the Fund for Peace (FFP) and Foreign Policy magazine. The report analyses countries by looking at social, economic, political and military indicators. Last year, Indonesia ranked at 64 out of 178 countries. In the 2012 edition, Indonesia has moved up one...

FPI: Rising Radical Movement in Indonesia

20 June 2012 | Indonesia SWA Articles

  Background As the world’s largest Muslim country and third-largest democracy, it is interesting to see how Indonesian democracy is coping with the country’s increasingly dynamic social conditions. One recent phenomenon is the emergence of more radical Islamic movements, the most well-known of which is Front Pembela Islam (Islamic Defenders Front or FPI). Comment FPI...

Indonesia Must Choose Its Direction In 2012

30 April 2012 | Indonesia

Download PDF Yasmi Adriansyah FDI Associate Key Points Though progress has been made, corruption is still the biggest challenge confronting Indonesia. The coalition government headed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will come under increasing strain as the 2014 general election draws closer. The protection of Indonesian migrant workers abroad is becoming a more pressing concern...

The Cocos Islands Plan and Indonesia’s “Dynamic Equilibrium”

26 April 2012 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Background In March 2012, the Australian Government hinted at “a longer-term option” to host United States’ aerial surveillance assets in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. While Beijing is likely to view this plan as part of recent moves by Washington to contain China, Jakarta fears that the bilateral plan will inevitably pose challenges to Indonesia’s strategic...

The ADF in Indonesia: Lessons from Operation Padang Assist

2 April 2012 | Indonesia

Download PDF   Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe FDI Senior Analyst   Key Points The ADF’s support to Indonesian authorities during Operation Padang Assist was an important confidence-building measure in strengthening relations between Australia and Indonesia. Modern disaster relief interventions require extensive inter-force military co-operation, including collaboration with non-military civilian agencies and foreign governments. The success of ADF...

2+2 Dialogue Signals New Era of Indonesia-Australia Co-operation

21 March 2012 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Background Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Defence Minister Stephen Smith met with their Indonesian counterparts Marty Natalegawa and Purnomo Yusgiantoro, in Canberra on 15 March, for the inaugural Australia-Indonesia Foreign and Defence Ministers’ (“2+2”) Dialogue. Comment In a joint communiqué, Mr Smith said, ‘Australia and Indonesia are working to expand defence and security co-operation and...

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  • Associate papers are primary source assessments written by FDI associates. The assessment topics range from regional bilateral relationships and opportunities and challenges in our neighbouring countries.

  • Feature interviews are interviews conducted by an FDI Research Manager. Interview topics range from the sustainability of our planet to the improved provision of emergency food aid.

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  • A number of short articles addressing current intelligence topics, issued each week.

  • A record of discussions resulting from a single, or series of, roundtable conferences.

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