Less is More: US Engagement with Indonesia, 1945-2021

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This chapter aims at offering an overview of how the US engages Indonesia. The intention is not just to offer a novel interpretation on this relationship, but also to build on the existing interpretations of the US approach to Indonesia. The chapter will proceed chronologically but show that some elements of US and Indonesian foreign policy approaches are permanent. Indonesia and the United States have common interests and only by working on the basis of such common interests can US engagement produce results. Focusing on issues areas where such common interests do not exist and on things that require US power to change Indonesia’s ways, tends to be counterproductive.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of US Policy in the Indo-Pacific
EditorsOliver Turner, Nicola Nymalm, Wali Aslam
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2022


  • Indonesia
  • United States
  • Southeast Asia
  • Security
  • Geopolitics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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