Accession Number:

ADA525327

Title:

Indonesia: A Whole of Government Approach to Partnership Against Extremism

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-05-03

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

Islamic extremism is not isolated to the Middle East. The current war on terrorism will not end as long as other locations foster radical Islamic principles. An Islamic caliphate that includes the Indonesian Archipelago is the desired end-state for radical Islam. The presence of extremist organizations within Indonesia makes it a likely front to continue the war on terrorism. The 6-year hiatus in military-to-military engagement from 1999 to 2005 as well as other restrictions imposed by Congress have complicated the relationship between the United States and Indonesia. These restrictions will make it difficult to win hearts and minds if Indonesia becomes a center for radical Islam. Overcoming this history of unilateral restrictions requires a coordinated whole of government approach to strengthening diplomatic, informational, military, and economic ties between the two countries. To counter Indonesias potential development into a state for radical Islam, the United States must leverage the integration of Department of Defense bilateral relations, Department of State engagement, and Nongovernmental Organizations assistance through the use of smart power. Smart power will enable Indonesia and the United States to enhance a comprehensive partnership that is capable of enduring regional security and the prevention of a third front of Islamic Extremism.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE