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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.

Change in South-East Asia: Indonesia and Burma

23 February 2012 | Indonesia

Change in South-East Asia: Indonesia and Burma Speech Given to ‘Left-Right Think Tank’, 21 February 2012 Leighton G. Luke, Manager, Future Directions International Indian Ocean Research Programme   We live in interesting times, ladies and gentlemen – and in an interesting corner of the world. Tonight I am going to talk to you about two...

Indonesia Urged to Combat Fundamentalists

1 February 2012 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Background In a report released on 26 January, the International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned that acts of vigilantism among Muslim extremists in Indonesia are increasingly turning into terrorism.  Comment While Indonesia’s 210 million Muslim faithful are typically peaceful moderates, religious fundamentalism, which was formerly suppressed under the “New Order” regime of former president Suharto,...

Indonesian Military Expansion Strengthens China Partnership

25 January 2012 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Background China’s Defence Minister, General Liang Guanglie, met the Indonesian ambassador to China, Imron Cotan, in Beijing on 16 January 2012, to discuss increasing military co-operation between the two countries. Comment The meeting occurred on the same day Indonesian Defence Minister, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, declared that, after ten years of limited military spending, Indonesia was now...

Indonesia to Increase Defence Spending

16 November 2011 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Background Indonesia has announced that it will increase next year’s military budget by 35 per cent. The increased attention to defence is regarded as long overdue. Much of Indonesia’s military hardware is out of date, while regional powers such as China are ramping up their military development. The United States will most likely be heartened...

Indonesia on Drought Alert

28 September 2011 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Background Indonesia is on drought alert, with concerns of significant water supply disruptions throughout Greater Jakarta. The Cisadane River in the Tangerang municipality is flowing at reduced rates after rain has failed to materialise in recent months. Around 100,000 people are facing a food crisis in Eastern Indonesia as a result of the drought. Comment...

Indonesia Proposes Foreign Debt Restrictions

7 September 2011 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Background Bank Indonesia (BI) has flagged the idea of setting rules to limit local private companies’ exposure to foreign debt. BI Governor Dr Darmin Nasution has spoken of a possible need for regulation, to prevent firms that do not have foreign currency revenue streams from borrowing in foreign currencies. Comment The comments come as Indonesian...

US Seeks Increased Trade with Indonesia

27 July 2011 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Background During bilateral talks between the United States and Indonesia, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on Indonesia to cut tariffs in an effort to promote trade between the two countries, thereby deepening the relationship.  Comment Following the second Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) of the US-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership on 24 July 2011, Secretary...

Indonesian Beef Price Rises, while Export Ban gives Northern Australian Farmers Power to Negotiate

15 June 2011 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Background The ban on cattle exports to Indonesia will hit the Indonesian hip pocket and highlights the insecure state of Indonesia’s beef industry. Almost all of the beef Indonesia imports comes from Australia. The export ban will hasten Indonesia’s desire to obtain self-sufficiency, to such an extent that when the ban is lifted there may...

China, Indonesia Launch Joint Special Forces Training Initiative

15 June 2011 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Background The first-ever training exercise involving Chinese and Indonesian Special Forces units will conclude on 17 June. With a focus on counter-terrorism and hostage rescue operations, the exercise, Sharp Knife 2011, represents a further deepening of Sino-Indonesian military relations. When considered alongside the US-Indonesia CARAT naval exercises of May 2011, the Sino-Indonesian exercise confirms Jakarta’s...

Indonesian Terror Suspects Arrested

15 June 2011 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Background In a busy weekend, the Indonesian police anti-terror unit arrested a total of eight persons suspected of terrorist involvement. The arrests highlight the efforts being made by Jakarta to combat Islamist extremists, who have threatened to target the state itself. They came as the country prepares for the verdict against Islamist cleric and accused...

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