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Two steps forward, one step back : Indonesia’s arduous path to reform

Kingsbury, Damien 2012, Two steps forward, one step back : Indonesia’s arduous path to reform, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra, A.C.T..

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Title Two steps forward, one step back : Indonesia’s arduous path to reform
Author(s) Kingsbury, DamienORCID iD for Kingsbury, Damien orcid.org/0000-0001-9987-4688
Publication date 2012
Series Strategy (Australian Strategic Policy Institute) ; Jan. 2012
Total pages 48 p.
Publisher Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Place of Publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Keyword(s) Indonesia -- politics and government
Indonesia -- social conditions
Australia -- foreign relations
Indonesia -- foreign relations
Summary Australians have long worried about whether Indonesia is ‘special’ or ‘normal’. Instead, we need to deal with Indonesia as it really is—a country experiencing simultaneously the challenges of political reform, economic development and a shifting regional security environment. The country’s political future is less certain than we would hope: after SBY’s term of government ends, the choice of a successor will be critical in determining the future of reform. We can’t rule out that Indonesia might slide back to old ways of doing business—democratisation is a fraught process.
As the Indonesian economy grows, so too do the prospects for Indonesia to establish its natural position as the leader of Southeast Asia. As the world is re-examining Indonesia, so too Indonesia is looking afresh at the world—more interested in external issues than it was a decade ago. The Southeast Asian subregion increasingly finds itself at the centre of a more strongly interconnected Indo-Pacific region—so Indonesia’s strategic importance is going up.
It’s important for Australia to build a better strategic relationship with Indonesia. The two are complementary partners. Australia should be proactive in exploring new opportunities for cooperation with a reform minded Indonesia—it’s in our interests to draw Indonesia into a more important strategic role in regional security.
Professor Damien Kingsbury, the author of this Strategy, is the Director, Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Melbourne.
ISBN 9781921302756
Language eng
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category A2 Authored - other
Copyright notice ©2012, The Australian Strategic Policy Institute Limited
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30047146

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