The Repositioning of Asia's Third Giant
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute
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I have always had a strong personal sense of engagement with and commitment to Indonesia. It started with visits long before I entered politics, but was much reinforced by the very warm professional and personal relationship I developed with Ali Alatas after we became the...
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This book is the latest to appear in a long and distinguished lineage. The Australian National University’s Indonesia Update began in 1983, when the late Jamie Mackie and Peter McCawley conceived and implemented the idea of an annual public conference in Canberra to assess conditions...
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1. Indonesia’s New Prominence in the World
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Surprising as it sounds to cynical Indonesians and disillusioned Indonesianists, there are reasons for thinking that this is at last Indonesia’s moment on the world stage. The world’s fourth-biggest country by population has an unenviable reputation for not living up to...
2. Indonesia in the New World Balance
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The final quarter of the twentieth century saw modern economic growth firmly established in the populous countries of Asia for the first time: China from the late 1970s, Indonesia from the mid-1980s, India from the early 1990s and other Southeast Asian economies at various times...
3. Indonesia’s Role in the World Economy: Sitting on the Fence
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A friend once told me that Indonesia is a ‘disappointing’ country: it disappoints optimists because it never reaches its full potential, and it disappoints pessimists because they expect it to collapse at any moment. I think there is some truth in this joke. Indonesia is indeed a country...
4. Is Indonesia Rising? It Depends
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Increasingly since the mid to late 2000s, Indonesia has been chosen for inclusion in creative acronyms that shortlist countries with unusually bright prospects for material growth. In this upbeat genre, Indonesia has been seen both as a cat (a ‘tiger’, or one of the CIVETS) and as a bird...
5. Domestic Politics and International Posture: Constraints and Possibilities
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There are few countries whose international image has undergone as radical a transformation as Indonesia’s within such a short period of time. In the mid-1990s, Indonesia was widely viewed as a major contributor to regional stability in Southeast Asia. Following the political turmoil...
6. Can Indonesia Lead on Climate Change?
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Indonesia’s environment matters not only to the quality of life of its people, but also to its neighbours and the world. Indonesia is among the world’s largest emitters of carbon dioxide, but it has good opportunities to reduce those emissions to the benefit of future generations...
7. Indonesian Muslims and Their Place in the Larger World of Islam
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With over 220 million Muslims, Indonesia has the largest community of Muslims in the world. Nevertheless, Indonesian Muslims do not play a role in global Muslim thought and action that is commensurate with their numbers. Indonesian Muslims have been eager to...
8. Indonesia’s Quiet Springtime: Knowledge, Policy and Reform
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Indonesia’s recent emergence as a middle-income country carries with it significant implications for its overall development strategy and the role that knowledge and education play within it. Indonesia is increasingly operating in a highly competitive global economy, one that...
9. Problems of Identity and Legitimacy for Indonesia’s Place in the World
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Over the last half-century or so, the Republic of Indonesia has enjoyed some notable diplomatic successes in its international dealings. Among them can be counted its feat in 1949 in securing formal recognition of the sovereignty it had proclaimed over the territory of the former...
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Publication Year: 2012