Indonesia’s foreign policy takes an economic turn

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, and Philippine's President Benigno Aquino III join their hands during the opening ceremony of the 26th ASEAN Summit in Malaysia, on 27 April 2015. While Jokowi has acknowledged the importance of ASEAN, he has emphasised that Indonesia must pursue its economic interests. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Nobuhiro Aizawa, Kyushu University

Since President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) took office, he has been clear and consistent in explaining his foreign policy priorities, enunciating the principle of putting ‘national interest’ first. Putting national interest first is to be expected in a leader’s foreign policy. What has been notable is the way that Jokowi has defined ‘national interest’. Read more…

Next steps in US–Indonesian relations

US President Barack Obama meets with President Joko Widodo of Indonesia in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, 26 October 2015. This was Jokowi's first-ever presidential visit to the United States. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Donald K. Emmerson, Stanford University

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) was in Washington DC recently for his first-ever presidential visit to the United States. What can the two countries do now to build on the momentum for cooperation gained on the trip? Read more…

Don’t expect too much from growing Sino–Indonesia ties

Representatives of Chinese and Indonesian companies signed a joint-venture agreement to build Indonesia's first high-speed railway line, connecting Jakarta and Bandung on Oct. 16, 2015.  (Photo: AAP).

Author: Gatra Priyandita, Jinan University

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) visited China twice in his first year of presidency alone. In contrast he made his first state visit to the United States only in October 2015. But although Sino–Indonesian relations are currently strengthening, economic and geostrategic obstacles are likely to limit progress. Read more…

Hazy days strain Singapore–Indonesia relations

A resident fishes by the river in Palangkaraya city, one of worst-hit by haze in central Kalimantan province, on 21 October 2015. Indonesian forest and agricultural fires have cloaked Southeast Asia in acrid haze, but a certain obscurity also hangs over the political and economic horizon as well. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Barry Desker, RSIS

The haze which has enveloped Singapore since June 2015 highlights the significance of its bilateral relationship with Indonesia. Just as Singaporeans cannot escape the devastating health impact of ‘slash-and-burn’ deforestation in Sumatra, emerging trends in Indonesia will have an impact on Singapore. Read more…

Simultaneous local elections won’t help Indonesian governance

Indonesian electoral officials check ballot boxes at a local election center the day after presidential elections in Jakarta on 10 July, 2014. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Alexander R Arifianto, RSIS

On 9 December, Indonesia will have its first simultaneous local executive elections to elect governors, district heads and mayors in 269 localities (out of 537) across Indonesia. While direct election of local executives has been held since 2004, this is the first time these elections will be held simultaneously on a single day. Read more…

Indonesia tries to steady its economic wobbles

Indonesia has the 10th largest economy in the world, according to a recent report by the World Bank, with the country contributing 2.3 per cent of global economic output. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum

With economic uncertainty in China in the spotlight over the past few weeks, Indonesia’s economic wobbles have escaped the scrutiny abroad that they are now demanding at home.

Less than half a decade ago, Indonesia was still riding the China boom. Read more…

Jokowi takes his first shot at economic reform

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on 10 September 2015 unveiled a series of stimulus measures to lift slowing growth in Southeast Asia's top economy and shore up the country's plunging currency. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Chris Manning, ANU

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has announced a comprehensive package of reforms aimed at reducing inflation and stabilising the exchange rate, stimulating demand through ‘deregulation’ and direct support, with a special focus on creating more jobs in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and across urban and rural communities. The reforms will come into effect this Tuesday 15 September 2015. Read more…