Indonesia has long been a country of systemic importance in Asia. Its large territory and population, high-speed economic growth, and strategic location along Asia’s key maritime axis have ensured it is a central player in all economic and security developments in the region. Yet for much of its history, Indonesia has kept a lower profile in regionalism initiatives than its status and position would imply.
This is now beginning to change. As democratic institutions consolidate, the country has increasingly acquired the capacity to more actively engage in regional initiatives. Consistent and high-speed growth promises to make Indonesia a key driver of regional economic dynamism. At the same time, the very notion of whom and what constitutes Asia is changing, with the older ‘Asia-Pacific’ model giving way to a geographically-expanded ‘Indo-Pacific’ concept in which Indonesia is geographically central. How Indonesia engages with the Indo-Pacific will have lasting impacts on the economic, security and diplomatic architectures of the region.
This Perth USAsia Centre special report examines Indonesia’s role in the evolving regional order. Please join us to hear from Professor Gordon Flake and Dr Jeffrey Wilson regarding opportunities and challenges facing Indonesia’s economic, security and diplomatic role in the Indo-Pacific .
Professor Gordon Flake is the founding CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre, a position he assumed in January of 2014. He has three decades of professional experience examining security developments in Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region. He was previously Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States, and Director for Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America.
Dr Jeffrey Wilson specialises in transformations in the regional economic architecture. He is a widely published academic and policy author, has consulted for government and businesses in Australia on trade policy issues, and has contributed to a range of national and international policy dialogues with Australia’s economic partners. Jeffrey is the Head of Research at the Perth USAsia Centre, and a faculty member of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University.
Dr Caroline Turner, Deputy Director of the ANU Indonesia Institute will host the event, and Dr Arianto Patunru from the ANU Indonesia Proejct will provide comments for the report.