Indonesian Leadership: Think Tanks, ASEAN and Foreign Policy

In a world where countries have competing strategic interests and goals, think tanks can play an important role in fostering dialogue and establishing platforms for governments to receive feedback. Indonesia is no exception.

Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, Dr Philips Vermonte, is a strong advocate for the role of think tanks in international diplomacy. As head of one of Indonesia’s leading think tanks, he is a careful observer and commentator when it comes to Indonesia’s role in the region and the country’s foreign policy.

Dr Vermonte visited Australia to take part in meetings associated with the ASEAN-Australia Summit in March 2018. He spoke with AIIA National Office researcher Cameron Allan about think tanks, Indonesia’s leadership within ASEAN and the foreign policy of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Dr Philips Vermonte is Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta. On 14 March he attended a roundtable on the ASEAN Regional Forum held by the Australian Member Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (Aus-CSCAP) in association with the Australian Institute of International Affairs at AIIA NSW. Dr Vermonte will also take part in the Indonesia-Australia Dialogue coordinated by the AIIA in Sydney on 9-10 April.

Interview by: Cameron Allan, AIIA National Office.

Filmed by: Annabel McGilvray, AIIA Director of Communications.

This article was originally published in the Australian Outlook. Read the original article.