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Indonesia’s Inward Turn

Brian Harding and Stefanie Merchant illustrate why Indonesia's focus on domestic priorities is a loss for ASEAN and the world.

The profile of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) profile has risen dramatically over the past decade, including in the Washington, D.C. foreign policy community. Once derided as a talk shop, U.S. policymakers have now generally accepted the importance of keeping ASEAN at the center of regional affairs, and senior administration officials spend vast amounts of time at ASEAN meetings. While it is unlikely President-elect Donald Trump will follow in President Barack Obama’s footsteps with as much presidential-level engagement with ASEAN, robust cabinet and sub-cabinet level interaction has been institutionalized and will continue under the Trump administration.

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Brian Harding

Director, East and Southeast Asia

Stefanie Merchant

Special Assistant