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ASEAN still the cornerstone of Indonesia's foreign policy

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 17, 2017   /  11:30 am
ASEAN still the cornerstone of Indonesia's foreign policy Illustration of ASEAN cooperation. (Shutterstock/File)

In recent days there has been a reemergence of the discourse regarding the direction of Indonesia’s foreign policy, following Jakarta’s enthusiastic chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). That enthusiasm could be seen in Indonesia’s hosting of the inaugural IORA Leaders’ Summit as well as producing the IORA Concord. Indeed, Indonesia’s efforts to push the 21-nation-strong regional organization toward greater regionalism were applauded by many, not least by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma and Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, respectively the upcoming and previous chairs of IORA. Yet Indonesia’s efforts have also raised questions as to whether the country is turning its back on ASEAN and if it is, what the reasons for such a move might be. Writing in The Diplomat, Dedi Dinarto argued that Jakarta &ldquo...

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