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Published: 25 October 2023

Indonesia's Chairmanship of ASEAN 2023: Navigating Complex Security Challenges in Southeast Asia

Ludiro Madu, Yudhy Widya Kusumo

Universitas Pembangaunan Nasional “Veteran” Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Pages: 60-69

Keywords: Indonesia, ASEAN, leadership, Myanmar crisis, South China Sea


This paper delves into Indonesia's pivotal leadership role as the Chair of ASEAN in 2023, with a specific focus on its engagement with two paramount and pressing regional challenges: the Myanmar crisis and the South China Sea conflict. It illuminates Indonesia's approach, outcomes and explores the broader implications of its leadership within the context of ASEAN. The primary objective of this manuscript is to meticulously examine Indonesia's strategies and initiatives in effectively addressing these pivotal regional challenges during its tenure as the ASEAN Chair. It systematically explores Indonesia's capacity to navigate divisions among ASEAN member-states, effectively engage with non-cooperative actors, and uphold ASEAN's principles of neutrality and centrality. The results of this paper illuminate Indonesia's multifaceted role in tackling the Myanmar crisis, underscoring its diplomatic acumen, principled stance, and the formidable challenges it confronts. Likewise, in the context of the South China Sea conflict, this research critically evaluates Indonesia's leadership in facilitating dialogue, championing a code of conduct, and emphasizing the imperative of adherence to international law. The paper concludes by underscoring the pivotal importance of Indonesia's leadership in building the future stability of Southeast Asia. It accentuates Indonesia's balance between diplomatic engagement, principled leadership, and fidelity to ASEAN's guiding principles. This paper contributes significantly to the ongoing discourse surrounding ASEAN's intricate political and security dynamics and spotlights Indonesia's central position within this influential organization.


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