The New Chapter of the United States-Indonesia Defense Relations: Reengagement through IMET
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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Indonesia is of strategic importance to the United States. Hence, the United States has contributed to helping the country develop its military since it achieved independence. Various programs, including International Military Education and Training IMET, have given Indonesian military personnel access to U.S. doctrine and tactics. The two countries view IMET as an indicator of their defense relationship. However, due to the dynamics and changes in priorities of interest between the United States and Indonesia, the IMET program has experienced ups and downs. For over a decade, the U.S. Congress imposed a ban on the IMET program for the Indonesian military. During this period, Indonesias access to U.S. professional military education was significantly reduced. Nevertheless, after negotiations and shifts in U.S. national interest priorities after 911, the U.S. fully resumed the IMET program for Indonesia. Now the two countries build their mutual and complementary interests through IMET as well as through other programs such as exercises and training in counterterrorism, maritime security, and stability operations. These programs help foster personal and professional relationships that support good nation-to-nation relations. Understanding the causes of the U.S. ban on IMET for Indonesia assists both countries in maintaining and strengthening their relationship.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics