Journal article

Sovereignty and the sea: President Joko Widodo's foreign policy challenges

15 Apr 2015

Under President Joko Widodo, Indonesia's foreign policy is likely to become less clear, less conciliatory and less cooperative, with negative consequences for Indonesian leadership in the region.

Key findings

  • Joko Widodo is new to foreign affairs and seemingly has little interest in diplomacy.
  • Instead, Jokowi has declared that he will focus on domestic affairs as part of a broad reform programme, with a particular emphasis on strengthening Indonesia’s maritime infrastructure.
  • An activist presidency in these areas will create unintended foreign policy challenges for Indonesia because the country’s economic and maritime interests are so closely intertwined with those of its neighbours.
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