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INSIGHT: In Indo-Pacific strategic flux, where is Indonesia?

  • Evan A. Laksmana
    Evan A. Laksmana

    Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 27, 2017   /  08:28 am
INSIGHT: In Indo-Pacific strategic flux, where is Indonesia? President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s global maritime fulcrum doctrine (GMF) has yet to be enshrined in a full-fledged policy document since its enunciation in 2014. (Antara/Rosa Panggabean)

The recent resignation of United States President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, retired general Michael Flynn, is both unprecedented and not surprising given the administration’s frenzied start. The gung-ho surrounding his resignation came on the heels of a relatively good week for Asia policy; Trump reaffirmed the longheld One China policy and backed Japan after Pyongyang launched another missile test. But it seems likely that lunging from one crisis to another might be the new normal for American foreign policy. This does not bode well for the Indo-Pacific — which scholars see as the strategic system linking the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean region, where the US remains part of the equation alongside China and India as well as Japan, Australia and Indonesia. Five elements now define the strategic flux taking place in the Indo-Pacific. On...

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