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Jokowi's Maritime Axis: Change and Continuity of Indonesia's Role in Indo-Pacific

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Agastia, I Gusti Bagus Dharma; Perwita, Anak Agung Banyu

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Abstract Indonesia is undergoing transition and soon, a new president will be inaugurated. The new president brings promises of new foreign and defence policy for Indonesia, building upon Indonesia's prior principles and putting renewed consideration on Indonesia's geopolitical position in the Indo-Pacific. This paper examines the "maritime axis", the concept coined by President Joko Widodo and the possible changes in Indonesian foreign and defence policy required as to achieve the maritime axis. In foreign policy, Indonesia is expected to contribute more to the Indian Ocean Rim Association while maintaining its ASEAN centrality. In defence, there is a significant change in Indonesia's defence outlook from land-based to maritime-based. Also, Indonesia looks towards India as a security partner in securing the Indian Ocean.
Keywords Indonesia; foreign policy; defense policy; Indian Ocean; Pacific Rim; ASEAN; strategy; security; geopolitics; Southeast Asia
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Free Keywords strategic environment; maritime axis
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 32-41
Journal Journal of ASEAN Studies, 3 (2015) 1
ISSN 2338-1353
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial