Indonesia's Grand Strategy

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2022

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Walker, Anne

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As China’s rise threatens the Indo-Pacific, Indonesia aspires for regional leadership. In this thesis, I explore Indonesia’s grand strategy and how it will adapt to the mounting tensions in the Indo-Pacific. Based on officials’ policies, rhetoric, military responses, and diplomatic engagements, I analyze Indonesia’s Indo-Pacific strategy and Global Maritime Fulcrum (Fulcrum) strategy. I then evaluate how these strategies fulfill their ambitions and predict how they will evolve in response to the Sino-American rivalry. I argue that Indonesia’s reliance on ASEAN undermines its current Indo-Pacific strategy, which Indonesia will eventually replace with more traditional counterbalancing. After assessing the Fulcrum strategy, I conclude that Indonesia will rely on the Fulcrum to extract financial benefits from the US-China competition until soliciting investment from China endangers its strategic autonomy.

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