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Working paper

Assessing Indonesian diplomacy in the Pacific Islands

Diplomacy Asia-Pacific Indo-Pacific Region Indonesia Pacific Area

This paper considers Indonesia’s role in Pacific regional politics. During the last decade, Indonesia has intensified engagement with the South Pacific countries. Indonesia’s integration into regional and sub-regional groupings in the Pacific has enabled the country to manoeuvre within the region and to exert political influence on a growing number of South Pacific countries. Some Pacific leaders consider Indonesia as a ‘new friend’, a term used to label nontraditional partners that have a minor role and stay for a short-term in the Pacific region (Maclellan, 2015). However, Indonesia’s partnerships with South Pacific countries could change its role to a greater one in the Pacific region in future.

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SGDIA Working Paper No.11