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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.

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...

Indonesia Attempts to Improve Energy Security

14 March 2012 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Background Indonesia is an increasingly important member of the “Asian tiger economies”; with a six per cent growth rate in 2011, it has grown to be the largest economy in South-East Asia. In January 2012, that status was further bolstered as credit agencies raised Indonesia’s credit rating to investment grade for the first time since...

Indonesia: A Weakening of the Corruption Eradication Commission?

14 March 2012 | Indonesia SWA Articles

Background On 11 March 2012, the Indonesian House of Representatives drafted a Bill to limit the range of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK, or Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi) and to monitor its work. It has raised questions as to how the proposed changes would affect the KPK if the bill passes through Parliament. The anti-corruption watchdog...

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...

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