Dialogue Series on International Maritime Security Issues
from Japan and Indonesia Perspectives”
Hosted by Center of Political Studies-Indonesian Institute of Sciences/
Pusat Penelitian Politik-Lembaga Imu Pengetahuan Indonesia (P2Politik-LIPI)
For Japan and Indonesia, sea has always been an important aspect of their existence. The sea has shaped their coastal areas, culturally and economically. The importance of the sea has been growing even bigger, as with the advance of technology, the exploration of the sea by the two countries is increasing in scale. Both have been depending on the sea, not only for fisheries and various natural resources, but also connecting the trade and investment in goods and services.
With significant role of the sea, it is only natural that both countries add maritime perspective within their nation-building scheme. For Indonesia, maritime policy frameworks actually have been around for a long time. However the current president, Joko Widodo, highlights the importance of a holistic approach in building Indonesia’s maritime perspective. In 2014, he declared Indonesia’s vision of Global Maritime Fulcrum (Poros Maritim Dunia), which contains of five interconnected pillars, culture, resource, connectivity, diplomacy and defense. In the other hand, Japan has also built their maritime perspective through Basic Plan on Ocean Policy launched in 2007. This framework concerns of six principals regarding to environment, safety and security, science, industries, governance, and international partnerships. From the aspects within the two frameworks, one can assure that both Indonesia and Japan have a wide coverage of issues to be handled.
These dialogue series are aiming to discuss similarities and differences between Japan and Indonesia’s approach to maritime issues. The goal is to learn and reflect from the two countries’ experiences in managing maritime issues and problems.. Each seminar is specifically designed to examine strategic issues that directly affected the Japan and Indonesia, such as maritime diplomacy, border dispute and regional maritime security framework in ASEAN.
National Seminar on Maritime Diplomacy
(25 January 2017. Ballroom 1, Mezzanine Floor.JS Luwansa Hotel and Convention Center, Jl. HR. Rasuna Said Kav. C-22, South Jakarta. Start from 09.00-12.00)
Maritime diplomacy has been practiced by various states. Nevertheless, diverse style of communication and negotiation has been implemented over certain maritime issues. Such diversity is created by their different priorities at sea. In Indonesia’s case, maritime diplomacy has been seemingly conventional as well as naval cooperation. The fact that recently maritime diplomacy is one of the seven 'Global Maritime Fulcrum’ pillars, requires Indonesia to explore new ways in conducting maritime diplomacy to deal with current regional dynamics, such as the South China Sea disputes and transnational crimes at sea. In this endeavor, Indonesia could benefit from its strategic relations with Japan that has developed comprehensive maritime diplomacy through Basic Plan on Ocean Policy 2007. This seminar will enrich the discourse and practices of maritime diplomacy, especially based on Indonesia and Japan’s experiences.