Oct 16, 2018
Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, located in a strategic position at the crossroads of the Indian and Pacific oceans. This location both imposes an obligation to protect vital sea lines of communication (SLOC) and presents an opportunity to utilise the abundant marine resources at Indonesia's disposal. In recent years, Indonesia has re-conceptualised its identity as a maritime nation whose livelihood both derives from and depends upon the sea, evidenced by President Joko Widodo's Global Maritime Fulcrum and Sea Policy proposals.
This study identifies the threats and priority areas for Indonesia in the maritime security domain as a first step in an overall assessment of capability requirements and gaps. RAND's preliminary assessment suggests that Indonesian policymakers are attending to the threats that the country faces in the maritime domain, which include: smuggling; illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing; piracy; illegal immigration; and terrorism. As a result, the government of Indonesia has put into place regulatory, administrative, legal, and material changes that will put the country on a path to better managing and governing its vast maritime spaces. However, matching such changes with long-term, sustained action, resources, and metrics for progress remains a key challenge for Indonesian policymakers.
Assessing Indonesia's maritime security priorities and related threats
Preliminary assessment of Indonesia's current maritime capabilities