Indonesias New Maritime Ambitions: Implications for U.S.-Indonesian Engagement
CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA ALEXANDRIA United States
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Indonesia lies at the heart of the Indo-Pacific region. Its new president, Joko Widodo, wants to transform Indonesia into a global maritime fulcrum between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. He will struggle to overcome entrenched elites, a sluggish bureaucracy, endemic corruption, limited resources, and the armys traditional dominance within the armed forces. Nonetheless, President Widodo has articulated a new maritime vision that steers Indonesia towards regional maritime power. A maritime-oriented, democratic strategic partner at the intersection of the Pacific and Indian Oceans would be a critical counterweight to China. The U.S. Navy has played its part in the incremental restoration of U.S.-Indonesian defense ties. Indonesias new maritime ambitions provide an opening to forge a closer naval partnership.
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