Talking Indonesia: Indonesia as a maritime power

In line with President Joko Widodo’s vision to establish Indonesia as a global maritime fulcrum, Indonesia in February issued its first National Ocean Policy. The drafting of the policy was overseen by the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, newly formed under the Jokowi administration. In July the ministry also launched a new national map that alters some of Indonesia’s maritime boundaries, and renames part of the South China Sea the North Natuna Sea. What is the significance of this map and the renaming of this area? What are the elements of Indonesia’s maritime vision, and how is it attempting to realise this vision?


In this week’s Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Dave McRae explores these issues with Dr Arif Havas Oegroseno, deputy coordinating minister for maritime sovereignty in the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs.


In 2017, the Talking Indonesia podcast is co-hosted by Dr Dave McRae from the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, Dr Jemma Purdey from Monash University, Dr Charlotte Setijadi from the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore and Dr Dirk Tomsa from La Trobe University.


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Photo by M N Kanwa for Antara.


Dave McRae is a Senior Lecturer at the Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Associate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society.