- Class Number 9700
- Term Code 2960
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Marcus Mietzner
- AsPr Marcus Mietzner
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/07/2019
- Class End Date 25/10/2019
- Census Date 31/08/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
This course examines Indonesia's foreign and security policy against the background of the country's decades-long, but still unfulfilled quest for a larger global role. As the nation with the fourth-largest population in the world, and as the third-largest democracy, Indonesia rightly aspires to expand its influence and have a greater say in international affairs. But both its foreign policy and its regional and international security policy have often been criticised as insufficient to achieve this goal. What, then, have been the hurdles to Indonesia's development into a key diplomatic and security actor? What have successive Indonesian presidents done to overcome these obstacles and increase Indonesia's international weight? How do Indonesia's neighbors, including Australia, view Indonesia's foreign and security potential, and its limitations? What is the most likely trajectory of Indonesia's foreign and security role in the decades ahead?
In this course, we will investigate the questions outlined above, and evaluate Indonesia's status in the web of regional powers in the Asia-Pacific region. In doing so, we will also reflect on key theoretical and conceptual questions in regards to the sources of a country's diplomatic and strategic power. Indonesia, with its quickly growing economy but continuously weak military, is a highly suitable case study for investigations into what exactly constitutes political and security influence in today's global security system.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Possess a deep understanding of the historical and conceptual foundations of Indonesian foreign and security policy.
- Possess knowledge of key concepts for analysing core issues of foreign and security policy. This will include understanding definitions of, among others, middle and great powers, realism, constructivism and democratic foreign policy.
- Apply these concepts in analysing Indonesia's past and current foreign and security policy..
- Conduct research independently and effectively, especially by identifying scholarly acceptable sources and materials.
- Express themselves clearly and scholarly in verbal and written formats.
While it will be sufficient to read the allocated articles each week, it would be useful for you to read Amitav Acharya's book on Indonesia's alleged rise as a global player. This course will critically question some of Archaya's theories, and thus is useful to serve as a contrasting point for many of the lectures.
The details of the book are: Amitav Acharya (2014) Indonesia Matters: Asia's Emerging Democratic Power Paperback, World Scientific Publishing.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
+ written comment sheets on presentation and all writings (except take-home exam)
+ verbal feedback in class and consultation hours
+ for the take-home exam: marks announced on Wattle.
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||22 JULY: Introduction In this lecture, we will discuss the basics of course administration, and briefly lay out its main themes. It is vital for students to attend this event and ask any questions they may have. Please read the Concourse guide before class.|
|2||29 JULY: Concepts of Foreign and Security Policy In this class, we discuss key concepts of foreign and security policy. One of the key themes to be discussed in this context is that of “power”. What makes a state “powerful?” Is it a strong military? A big population? An effective economy? And further, what does it take for a state to be a small, middle or great power? All of these concepts will be used throughout the course in order to assess Indonesia’s status in world affairs. Required reading: Gideon Rose (1998). Neoclassical Realism and Theories of Foreign Policy, World Politics 51 (1): 144-172. Recommended reading: David A. Baldwin (1997). The Concept of Security, Review of International Studies 23 (1): 5-26|
|3||5 AUGUST: The Foundations of Indonesian Foreign Policy, 1945-65 This lecture discusses the origins and foundations of Indonesian foreign policy. These are inspired by the principle idea of a “free and active” [bebas dan aktif] foreign policy, which is aimed at avoiding dependence on only one great power. During much of the revolution (1945-49), the democratic period (1950-57) and the early phase of Sukarno’S guided Democracy (1959-63), this policy was applied consistently. After 1963, however, Jakarta solidly aligned with communist Beijing, raising questions about the independence of its foreign policy. Required reading: Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung (1990). “The Basic Principles of Indonesia’s Foreign Policy”, in: Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung, Twenty Years Indonesian Foreign Policy, 1945-65. Yogyakarta: Duta Wacana University Press, 15-28. Recommended reading: Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung (1990). “Indonesia Between Two Power Blocs”, in: Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung, Twenty Years Indonesian Foreign Policy, 1945-65. Yogyakarta: Duta Wacana University Press, 178-92.|
|4||12 AUGUST: Indonesian Foreign Policy under the New Order, 1965-1998 This lecture focuses on the massive shift of Indonesia’s foreign policy towards the West after the military take-over in 1965. While never formally aligned, Indonesia remained a close partner of the West until 1990, when the end of the Cold War led to a deterioration in the relationship. At the end of Suharto’s rule, Indonesia’s foreign policy was once again “free and active”, with Suharto maintaining key friendships across the globe. Required reading: Michael R. Vatikiotis (1993). Indonesia's Foreign Policy in the 1990s, Contemporary Southeast Asia 14 (4): 352-367. Recommended reading: Rizal Sukma (1995). The Evolution of Indonesia's Foreign Policy: An Indonesian View, Asian Survey 35 (3): 304-315.|
|5||19 AUGUST: Indonesian Foreign Policy under Democracy, 1998-2017 In this lecture, we will explore how Indonesian policy was influenced by its democratization after 1998. While some authors say that being a democracy has changed Indonesia’s foreign policy, others believe that it has remained unchanged and still adheres to the “free and active” policy. Others again have claimed that Indonesian foreign policy has become more “Islamic”, reflecting the increasing influence of Muslim groups after democratization. In short, what exactly is “democratic” about Indonesia’s current foreign policy? Required reading: Jurgen Rueland (2017). Democratizing Foreign-Policy Making in Indonesia and the Democratization of ASEAN: A Role Theory Analysis. TRaNS 5(1): 49-73. Recommended reading: Donald E Weatherbee (2005). Indonesian Foreign Policy: A Wounded Phoenix, Southeast Asian Affairs 2005: 150-170.|
|6||26 AUGUST: Essay writing guidelines In this lecture, we discuss basic guidelines for successful essay writing. Please make sure you attend this exercise, as writing weaknesses are a core problem of all students, regardless of their origins or mother tongue.|
|7||16 SEPTEMBER: Instruments of Foreign Policy I: The Indonesian Economy This lecture will ask to what extent the Indonesian economy is (or has the potential to be) a major asset for Indonesian foreign policy makers. On the one hand, Indonesia’s large market and population make it attractive to other powers, but its consistent underperformance in the economic realm has thus far limited the economy’s ability to increase Indonesia’s foreign policy capacity. In the lecture, we look at Indonesia’s economy today, and assess its development trajectory in the next 30 years or so. Required reading: Steven R. Tabor (2015). Constraints on Indonesian Economic Growth. Asian Development Bank. Recommended reading: OECD Economic Surveys (2016). Indonesia, October 2016: Overview. OECD.|
|8||23 SEPTEMBER: Instruments of Foreign Policy II: The Indonesian Military This lecture analyses the other conventional power source (besides the economy) that states have to bargain in the international arena: the armed forces. Is the Indonesian military large and effective enough to make Indonesia a middle or even great power? Which impediments have limited its growth and modernisation in the past? The lecture will review the evolution of the Indonesian military in the 1940s, and demonstrate why it remains essentially an internally oriented security apparatus rather than a defence force. Required reading: Benjamin Schreer (2013). Moving Beyond Ambitions? Indonesia’s Military Modernisation. ASPI, Canberra. Recommended reading: IPAC (2015). The Expanding Role of the Indonesian Military. IPAC Report No. 19, 25 May.|
|9||30 SEPTEMBER: Indonesia’s External and Domestic Security Challenges Indonesia’s security policy has an international, but also a major domestic component. Internationally, Indonesia faces the rise of China’s assertiveness, especially in the South China Sea; territorial disputes with Malaysia; and a wide range of transnational crimes, including terrorism. But much of Indonesia’s security diplomacy and policy remains domestically oriented: for example, it has developed a Pacific policy specifically designed to undermine foreign support for Papuan independence. This lecture will summarise Indonesia’s security challenges and policy, and explain how Indonesia balances its external and domestic elements. Required reading: Aaron Connelly (2016). Indonesia in the South China Sea: Going it Alone. Lowy Institute, Sydney. Recommended reading: Jim Elmslie, Camellia Webb-Gannon (2014). MSG Headache, West Papuan Heartache? Indonesia's Melanesian Foray. The Asia-Pacific Journal 47(3): 1-23.|
|10||7 OCTOBER: Labour Day - No lecture and no tutorials in that week.|
|11||14 OCTOBER: Indonesia and ASEAN: Leadership or Not? This lecture discusses Indonesia’s role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). As the largest nation in Southeast Asia, many observers view Indonesia as its natural leader. But has Indonesia always played this role? If so, why not? On the other hand, some in Indonesia claim (and others in ASEAN fear) that ASEAN could be “too small” for Indonesia, and that the country could in the future focus more on global bodies such as the G20 than ASEAN. This lecture will review ASEAN’s past and future trajectory, as well as Indonesia’s role in it. Required reading: Felix Heiduk (2016). Indonesia in ASEAN: Regional Leadership between Ambition and Ambiguity. SWP Research Paper, Berlin. Recommended reading: Pattharapong Rattanasevee (2014). Leadership in ASEAN: The Role of Indonesia Reconsidered, Asian Journal of Political Science 22(2): 113-127.|
|12||21 OCTOBER: Indonesia and Australia: Reluctant Neighbours This lecture assesses the diplomatic relationship between Indonesia and Australia. The relationship, while cordial, has often been disrupted by a range of sensitive issues, ranging from Papua to refugees and intelligence leaks. How has Indonesia viewed and defined its relationship with Australia, and how does this perception fit with Australia’s? The lecture uses the discussion of Indonesia-Australia relationship to summarise some key points of this course and locate Indonesia’s place in global affairs. Required reading: Ken Ward (2015). “Crisis-prone and Volatile”. In Ken Ward, Condemned to Crisis: Will the Relationship between Australia and Indonesia Always be Volatile? Penguin Books, Australia. Recommended reading: Guy Wilson (2017). Defence Diplomacy: The Right Ballast for Australia’s Fragile Relations with Indonesia. Australian Defence College, Canberra.|
The registration for tutorials is through Wattle.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Tutorial Participation (10%)||10 %||31/07/2019||23/10/2019||1,4,5|
|Short Paper (15%)||15 %||12/08/2019||21/08/2019||2,4,5|
|Tutorial Presentation (15%)||15 %||31/07/2019||23/10/2019||1,3,5|
|Research Essay (30%)||30 %||23/09/2019||09/10/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|Take-Home Exam (30%)||30 %||04/11/2019||15/11/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5
Tutorial Participation (10%)
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Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 2,4,5
Short Paper (15%)
After the lecture on 29 July, a question will be explained and subsequently released in writing on Wattle. This question has to be answered by all students in a 1000-word paper that must be submitted through Wattle on 12 August at 23.55 at the latest.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5
Tutorial Presentation (15%)
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Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Research Essay (30%)
A research paper of up to 2000 words is due no later than 23 September at 23.55, and should be submitted through Wattle. Students are free to choose any topic that is related to the overall subject of this course - that is, Indonesian Foreign and Security Policy. However, the theme chosen for the research paper must be different from the subject of the tutorial presentation and the short paper. For more detailed guidelines on the research paper, please refer to the manual posted on the Wattle site of this course (and refer to the lecture on 26 August)..
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Take-Home Exam (30%)
A take home exam will be posted on Wattle in the last week of the semester, and must be returned through Wattle no later than 4 November at 23.55.
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Indonesian politics; democracy and elections; the political role of the armed forces; Islamism
AsPr Marcus Mietzner