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Jakarta Post

Security debate likely to be more subdued

  • Agnes Anya and Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 30, 2019   /  09:09 am
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Rematch: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo greets his rival, Prabowo Subianto, during a recent presidential debate. (The Jakarta Post/Donny Fernando)

The upcoming presidential debate on security and foreign policy is unlikely to create substantial friction among the candidates, experts say, as both incumbent leader Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his repeat-contender Prabowo Subianto are expected to focus on the campaign trail this week. Scheduled for Saturday night at Shangri-La Hotel in Central Jakarta, the presidential debate is to cover the themes of ideology, governance, security and foreign affairs – hot-topic issues for foreign observers keen on reading the direction Indonesia might take after the April elections. In the realm of foreign policy, however, experts argue that there won’t be too much deviation from the age-old script of bebas-aktif (independent and active) policymaking that Indonesia has been committed to for decades. Teuku Rezasyah from Padjadjaran University predicted that Jokowi would l...