Indonesia's Ascent Power, Leadership, and the Regional Order

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  • Copyright: 2015-03-30
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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As Indonesia's economy grows, it is increasingly being referred to as a rising middle power and there is mounting speculation that Indonesia might eventually join the ranks of Asia's great powers. Regardless of just how far Indonesia will rise, its government and the will of its people will become increasingly influential in terms of its regional leadership and the values and the norms Jakarta espouses. What are the domestic opportunities and constraints that inform Indonesia's rise and how will various domestic contexts affect Indonesia's foreign policy and the values it espouses?
This volume provides a timely analysis of the key domestic and transnational opportunities and challenges associated with Indonesia's ascent. The contributors explore a range of issues including Indonesia's economic resources, political institutions, identity and independence, as well as Jakarta's regional relations, leadership and the exercise of hard and soft power. The book examines the likely directions for Indonesian foreign policy following the election of President Joko Widodo in 2014 and this collection also offers an assessment of the potential trajectory of Indonesia's future.

Author Biography

Christopher B. Roberts is Associate Professor and the Director of Executive Development Programs at the School of Humanities within the Australian Defence Force Academy Campus of the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has written more than forty publications and reports concerning politics, security, and regionalism in East Asia.
Ahmad D. Habir is Professorial Fellow and Director at the Strategic Asia Bali Institute, where he is responsible for research, executive development programs and publications. He previously served as the senior governance advisor at the United Nations Support Facility for Indonesian Recovery (UNSFIR) and was the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration and Director of the MBA program at the Swiss German University, Jakarta.
Leonard C. Sebastian is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Indonesia Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is author of Realpolitik Ideology: Indonesia's Use of Military Force and his research focuses on a variety of fields related to Indonesia covering Politics, Political Economy and Decentralisation, Defence and Security, Civil-Military Relations, Foreign Policy and Islam.

Table of Contents

1. Ascending Indonesia: Signficance And Conceptual Foundations; Christopher B. Roberts And Leonard C. Sebastian
2. Leadership And Dependency: Indonesia's Regional And Global Role, 1945–75; Sue Thompson
3. The Economy In Indonesia's Ascent: Making Sense Of It All; Satish Mishra
4. Yudhoyono's Third Way: Muslim Democracy, National Stability, And Economic Development In Indonesia; Mark S. Williams
5. Key Security Fault Lines—Unresolved Issues And New Challenges; Bob Lowry
6. Democratic Achievement And Policy Paralysis: Implications For Indonesia's Continued Ascent; Stephen Sherlock
7. Politics, Security And Defense In Indonesia: The Pursuit Of Strategic Autonomy; Iis Gindarsah And Adhi Priamarizki
8. The Foreign Policy Nexus: National Interests, Political Values And Identity; Avery Poole
9. Indonesia And International Institutions: Treading New Territory; Yulius P. Hermawan And Ahmad D. Habir
10. Indonesia–Australia Relations: Progress, Challenges And Potential; Christopher B. Roberts And Ahmad D. Habir
11. The Middle Power Moment: A New Basis For Cooperation Between Indonesia And Australia?; Mark Beeson And Will Lee
12. Key Intra-Asean Bilateral Relationships: Opportunities And Challenges; Yongwook Ryu
13. Indonesian Leadership In Asean: Mediation, Agency And Extra-Regional Diplomacy; Christopher B. Roberts And Erlina Widyaningsih
14. Indonesia Among The Powers: Will Asean Still Matter To Indonesia?; See Seng Tan
15. Beyond The Archipelagic Outlook: The Law Of The Sea, Maritime Security And The Great Powers; Leonard C Sebastian, Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto, And I Made Andi Arsana
16. 'Consensual' Regional Hegemony, Pluralist-Solidarist Visions, And Emerging Power Aspirations; Leonard C. Sebastian And Christopher B. Roberts

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