Indonesia’s Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy in the 21st Century: Rise of an Indo-Pacific Power, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Indonesia’s Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy in the 21st Century

Rise of an Indo-Pacific Power, 1st Edition

By Vibhanshu Shekhar


266 pages

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This book examines the changes in Indonesian foreign policy during the 21st century as it seeks to position itself as a great power in the Indo-Pacific region.

The rise of 21st-century Indonesia is becoming a permanent fixture in both the domestic and global discourses. Though there has been an increasing level of discussion on Indonesia’s emerging power status, there has been little discussion on how the country is debating and signalling its new-found status. This book combines the insights of both neo-classical realism and social identity theory to discuss a reset in an emerging Indonesia’s foreign policy during the 21st century while emphasizing domestic drivers and constraints of its international behaviour. There are three key organizing components of the book – emerging power, status signalling and the Indo-Pacific region. The Indo-Pacific region constitutes a spatial framing of the book; the emerging power provides an analytical category to explain Indonesia’s changing international status; and status signalling explains multiple facets of international behaviour through which the country is projecting its new status. Though leaders are adding different styles and characteristics to the rising Indonesia narrative, there are a few unmistakable overarching trends that highlight an increasing correlation

between the country’s rising power and growing ambition in international behaviour. This book is built around four key signalling strategies of Indonesia as an emerging power – expanded regional canvas, power projection, leadership projection, and quest for great power parity. They represent Indonesia’s growing desire for a status-consistent behaviour, its response to the prevailing strategic uncertainty in the Indo-Pacific region and its attempt to advance its strategic interests.

This book will be of much interest to students of South-East Asian politics, strategic studies, international diplomacy, security studies and IR in general.

Table of Contents


1. Indonesia’s Emerging Power Status Signalling

2. Rise of the Indo-Pacific Geopolitics

3. Indo-Pacific as Indonesia’s Regional Context

4. Indonesia as a Maritime Power

5. Indonesia’s ASEAN-Plus and Post-ASEAN Trajectories

6. Great Power Management and Strategic Partnerships


About the Author

Vibhanshu Shekhar is an Adjunct Faculty at the American University, Washington DC, USA, and is author/editor of five books on foreign policy.

About the Series

Asian Security Studies

Few regions of the world are fraught with as many security questions as Asia. Within this region it is possible to study great power rivalries, irredentist conflicts, nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation, secessionist movements, ethnoreligious conflicts and inter-state wars. This series publishes the best possible scholarship on the security issues affecting the region, and includes detailed empirical studies, theoretically oriented case studies and policy-relevant analyses as well as more general works.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General