Indonesia in Asean

Supporting regional integration processes within the context of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an integral component of Brussels’ strategic interest in South-East Asia. Hereby, Indonesia – regional primus inter pares and self-proclaimed driver of regional integration – is perceived as a key partner for Europe. There are indications, however, that Indonesia seems to be turning away from ASEAN under the administration of the current president, Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”). A new narrative has recently emerged in Jakarta that seeks to prioritise Indonesia’s national interests in all aspects of the country’s international affairs over long-standing hallmarks of Indonesia’s international politics – most notably of ASEAN being the cornerstone of Indonesian foreign policy. …

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Felix Heiduk /    Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik © 2016