More talk than walk: Indonesia as a foreign policy actor

Defence Population Indonesia

Indonesia is unlikely to become a significantly influential international actor in the medium term, despite its size, strategic location and economic potential.

Key findings:

  • Indonesia’s influence in international affairs is growing, but it will not become a major power in the short to medium term.
  • Facing public pressure to exert influence globally, Indonesia will pursue a far-reaching foreign policy agenda, but without the resources to flex its muscles in support of its ideas.
  • Countries can engage now on regional and global issues that are important to Indonesia and that help it be seen as a global player, thereby building trust and relationships that are a long term investment in Indonesia’s future potential.
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