An Indonesian Marine guards a Thai ship seized on suspicion of involvement in illegal fishing operations, in Subang, Aceh. (Antara Photo/Regina Safri)
This month marks the end of the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla administration’s first year in office, which is a good moment to examine the effectiveness of the president’s policies. Joko’s foreign policy plans — supposedly guided by his vision of Indonesia’s role as a ‘Global Maritime Axis’ — had been particularly promising, but what has happened to them?
In his inauguration address last year, Joko stated that Indonesia, as the third-most populous democracy, the most populous Muslim-majority country and the largest economy in Southeast Asia, would keep pursuing the “free and active” foreign policy of old, but backed by stronger defensive capabilities. Continue reading