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Multilateral naval exercise komodo: enhancing Indonesia’s multilateral defence diplomacy?

Wenas Inkiriwang, Frega (2021) Multilateral naval exercise komodo: enhancing Indonesia’s multilateral defence diplomacy? Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 40 (3). 418 - 435. ISSN 1868-1034

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Defence diplomacy has gained attention in the past decades. Hence, Indonesia has also developed its defence diplomacy for achieving its strategic interests. In Indonesia’s defence diplomacy, bilateral forms have dominated the practice of joint exercises with its defence partners. However, under the Yudhoyono administration in 2014, Indonesia hosted its first multilateral joint exercise, the Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo (MNEK), which aimed at facilitating multilateral engagement with greater international partners. This exercise was continued by the Widodo administration as a biannual event in the following years. Since this multilateral exercise has rarely been studied, this article attempts to qualitatively examine how this exercise has developed and contributed to Indonesia’s multilateral defence diplomacy. To support the analysis, this article relies on a combination of documentary analysis and semi-structured interviews, including with numerous participants of past MNEK exercises in 2014, 2016, and 2018.

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Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2021 15:21
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2024 04:27

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