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Jakarta Post

Disruption of defense diplomacy

  • Frega Ferdinand Wenas Inkiriwang

London   /   Tue, April 28 2020   /  01:22 am

Defense diplomacy has risen significantly in the last few decades. It is associated with the use of military and defense instruments as foreign and security policy tools and helps achieve national and foreign policy objectives abroad. Many countries have employed defense diplomacy activities to build trust between nations and militaries. Strategic consultations, joint exercises, trainings and education, port visits and several other activities are key activities of defense diplomacy.

Indonesia has also utilized defense diplomacy to enhance its overall public diplomacy. In regard to strategic consultations, Indonesia has participated in various forums such as the ASEAN Defense Ministerial Meeting (ADMM), ADMM-Plus and the Shangri-La Dialogue.

In the context of joint exercises, the Indonesian Military (TNI) has been involved in a myriad of bilateral and multilateral exercises...