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Indonesia 2016: A difficult equilibrium amid global anxiety

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The year 2016 in Indonesia saw President Joko Widodo consolidate his power after last year’s uncertain start. Domestic policy focused on curbing terrorism linked to the Islamic State (IS), especially following a deadly attack in the capital in January. Nevertheless, the rise of religious intolerance and political Islam were not tackled with the same decisiveness. In terms of foreign policy, Indonesia was trying to keep equidistance from the great powers in the Asia-Pacific region, although increasing geopolitical tensions were making it difficult. Indonesia’s economic performance was better than in 2015. Yet, the rate of growth of the gross domestic product, estimated at around 5% for 2016, was still hampered by the low prices of key exports and by the continuing slowdown in global economy

 

Giorgio Borsa

The Founder of Asia Maior

Università di Pavia

The "Cesare Bonacossa" Centre for the Study of Extra-European Peoples

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