Indonesia’s Foreign Policy Shifts

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When: Oct 1 2015 - 12:00pm until Oct 1 2015 - 1:00pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036
What:

Indonesia’s Foreign Policy Shifts

An Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Dr. Vibhanshu Shekhar
Visiting Fellow, East-West Center in Washington

Arto Suryodipuro (Discussant)
Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Indonesia

Indonesia’s Foreign Policy Shifts from East-West Center on Vimeo.


Dr. Vibhanshu Shekhar and DCM Arto Suryodipuro discusses the implications of Indonesia's foreign policy changes under the new Jokowi administration.

The last fifteen months have seen robust domestic and international debates on the changing fundamentals of Indonesia’s foreign policy. These debates have highlighted different shades of Indonesian foreign policy, exhibiting the complex nature of Indonesian strategic thinking and the multiple challenges it seeks to address. Experts have variously labeled Indonesia's current strategic thinking as assertive, inward-looking, internationalist and auto-piloted. Some have also wondered whether Jokowi’s Indonesia has any foreign policy direction at all.

Emerging powers, such as Indonesia, often encounter growing dissonance between their existing international status and aspirations. Jokowi's Indonesia is exhibiting a similar dilemma, prompting Indonesia watchers to revisit Indonesia’s long-standing debate about whether Indonesia is punching below, above or at par with its weight. Jokowi’s Indonesia seems to have moved away from ASEAN, altered some of its normative and ideological approaches, and changed its long-standing position on the South China Sea. Experts debate whether Indonesia is “going it alone”.

Dr. Vibhanshu Shekhar, an Asia Studies Visiting Fellow at the East West Center, discussed these issues in order to highlight strategic underpinnings of the foreign policy of Jokowi’s Indonesia. Arto Suryodipuro, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Indonesia, offered his comments on Indonesia's foreign policy trajectory as well.

 For more images, please visit the album for this event on the East-West Center's Flickr page. 


Dr. Vibhanshu Shekhar is a Asia Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, DC, and current Visiting Fellow at Paramadina University, Jakarta, Indonesia and at UPN 'Veteran, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He has been an Indonesia watcher for more than ten years. His latest book entitled Indonesia's Rise: Seeking Regional and Global Roles discusses Indonesia's foreign policy debates as an emerging power. Dr. Shekhar's shorter works have appeared in various international academic journals, newsmagazines, newspapers, and think-tank websites. Dr. Shekhar has a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, conducted post-doctoral research at Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, and served as an Adjunct Faculty member (Scholar-in-Residence) at American University, Washington, DC.

Arto Suryodipuro is a Foreign Service Officer of Indonesia and is the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Indonesia in Washington, DC. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Director for Intra-Regional Cooperation in Asia Pacific and Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His responsibilities included policy development and implementation of Indonesia's participation in or engagement with regional organizations in Asia Pacific and Africa. These included Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Pacific Islands Forum, the Melanesian Spearhead Group, the Indian Ocean Rim Association, Asia-Africa, Asia Middle East Dialogue, Asian Cooperation Dialogue, and Shanghai Cooperation Organization. During Indonesia's APEC host year in 2013, he served as secretary of the Policy Division of the National Committee of APEC Indonesia 2013 and chaired APEC's drafting of the Bali Summit outcome documents. He was posted to Indonesia's Mission to the United Nations in New York in 1996-2000 and during Indonesia's term in the UN Security Council in 2007-08. Another overseas assignment was to Indonesia's Embassy in Canberra, in charge for bilateral economic and development matters. He graduated from Universitas Parahyangan in Bandung (1991) and Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey (with distinction, 2003). He won the Fulbright Scholarship in 2002.

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