Indonesia's pivot as a regional maritime power

Continuity in its foreign policy plans is crucial in meeting Asean's challenges in Asia

The Indonesian presidential election next month will be a marker in Asia's larger quest for strategic coherence.

Under President Joko Widodo, the country has embarked on a foreign policy which is designed to translate the geographical reality of the largest archipelago in the world into the political and economic potential of a maritime power. The connection would appear to be obvious and natural, but it escaped the attention of his immediate predecessors.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2019, with the headline 'Indonesia's pivot as a regional maritime power'. Print Edition | Subscribe