On 9 July 2014, the 3rd Indonesian presidential election was held. Voters had to decide between Prabowo Subianto, a former Lieutenant General in the Indonesian National Armed Forces and the governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, who finally won the election. Widodo’s election is a positive development 15 years after the first free elected president. In Sea Control 46, Natalie Sambhi and her guests covered particularly the domestic political challenges, which the new designated Indonesian president will face.
Nevertheless, the article “Benny Wenda: ‘West Papuans are living in a prison’” by Mischa Wilmers shows that there is still lot to do. As Indonesians prepared to vote for a new president, dozens of West Papuan activists were reportedly attacked by security forces for urging local people to boycott the elections.
In this episode, Natalie Sambhi focus on the Indonesian Foreign and Strategic policy. She discusses with Lieutenant General (rtd) Agus Widjojo (Indonesian Army), Brigadier General (rtd) Gary Hogan, former Australian Defence Attaché to the Republic of Indonesia from 2009 to 2012, and Jim Della-Giacoma, former head of International Crisis Group operations in Southeast Asia, the Indonesia’s defence and security, and maritime security strategy.
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