Jokowi’s Big Maritime Plans for Indonesia Need International Support

Photo: Indonesian president-elect and Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo in Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug. 12, 2014 (AP photo by Achmad Ibrahim).
Photo: Indonesian president-elect and Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo in Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug. 12, 2014 (AP photo by Achmad Ibrahim).

A pillar of Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo’s campaign was an emphasis on strengthening the country’s identity as a “maritime nation” and becoming what he called a “global maritime nexus.” By giving his acceptance speech the night the official election results were announced onboard a traditional schooner in Jakarta’s main port, Jokowi, as he is universally known, demonstrated the importance he attaches to this vision, which was also prominent in his campaign’s 41-page “Vision Mission” statement. In comments since the election in July, Jokowi has called for the establishment of a maritime ministry and even waded into international waters by saying […]

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