Remodelling Indonesia’s Maritime Governance: Comparative Lessons from the Region


About the Webinar

Improving Jakarta’s capability to police its waters is a crucial element in fulfilling the country’s strategic aspiration to become a regional maritime power. To this end, how can Indonesia remodel its maritime governance, particularly to enhance law enforcement in its massive Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)? To answer this question, the speaker draws comparative policy lessons from several countries in the Indo-Pacific, including China, Japan and Malaysia, and the challenges they faced in reforming their own maritime governance systems. He will focus in particular on the problems surrounding the different authorities tasked with EEZ law enforcement and the resources allocated to their missions. The speaker will elaborate various policy options that Indonesia could pursue to transform its maritime governance system into a “dual authority” model backed by the Indonesian Navy and Indonesian Coast Guard (BAKAMLA).

About the Speaker

Evan A. Laksmana is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS). He was previously Senior Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Indonesia and the Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. His research has appeared in Journal of Contemporary Asia, Asian Security, Asian Politics & Policy, Defense & Security Analysis, Asia Policy, Contemporary Southeast Asia, and others. He earned his MA and PhD in Political Science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as a Fulbright Presidential Scholar.


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Oct 25 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am