RUSSIAN-INDONESIAN COOPERATION: Past, Present and Development Prospects
The publication was carried out within the framework of a joint project of
HSE University and the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of
Sciences for the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations
between the USSR / Russia and the Republic of Indonesia. The project heads are Dr.
Evgeny Kanaev (HSE University) and Dr. Dmitry Mosyakov (IOS RAS).
Although Russia and Indonesia have ample reasons to make their cooperation comprehensive, nuanced and multi-dimensional, practice routinely falls short of expectations. Notable impediments include a large distance magnified by inefficient infrastructure, as well as lack of institutional and technological interdependence and weak people-to-people contacts, and most importantly, insufficient stimuli to expand ties beyond their present scope. Revealingly, practice demonstrated that market forces alone cannot make the Russia-Indonesia cooperation really deep, close, multi-dimensional and, by implication, strategically-oriented. Accounting for Moscow’s and Jakarta’s plans to elevate their relations to the level of Strategic Partnership, a new instrument to make them relations exactly what their forthcoming status suggests is needed.