Indonesia’s Role in ASEAN

ASEAN’s unprecedented failure to issue a joint text at its 45th Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh prompted Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa to embark on an odyssey of “shuttle diplomacy” around Southeast Asia to build consensus. He eventually produced a six-point principle that won the approval of the Philippines and, notably, China. Such incidents suggest the increasingly central role that Indonesia has come to play in regional diplomacy. How does Indonesia view itself with regards to ASEAN, and will this change? Channel NewsAsia’s Indonesia Bureau Chief Sujadi Siswo and resident analyst Leonard Sebastian, Coordinator of the Indonesia Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies weigh in.

Tags: ASEAN, Diplomacy, Regional Politics, South China Sea