Indonesia’s foreign policy under President Joko Widodo is starting to take shape half-way through his presidency. It is visibly different from the policy Indonesia has pursued for decades under Suharto and four other presidents after him. The new foreign policy is based on Widodo’s vision of Indonesia as a maritime power. Hosting the inaugural summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) in March further confirms the country’s shifting foreign policy priorities as Indonesia bids to become a global maritime fulcrum.
ASEAN remains important, but not more so than the campaign to build Indonesia as a two-ocean, Indo-Pacific power. Widodo may be seen as a domestic-issue president, unlike his predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, but his main challenge now is to realign Indonesia’s foreign policy with his passion of politically and economically linking the islands in this vast archipelago.
Date: April 6, 2017
When: 12:00-1:30 PM
Where: East-West Center in Washington, Sixth Floor Conference Room