Beyond the ‘Bandung divide’? Assessing the scope and limits of Australia–Indonesia security cooperation

Phillips, Andrew and Hiariej, Eric (2016) Beyond the ‘Bandung divide’? Assessing the scope and limits of Australia–Indonesia security cooperation. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 70 4: 422-440. doi:10.1080/10357718.2016.1153601

Author Phillips, Andrew
Hiariej, Eric
Title Beyond the ‘Bandung divide’? Assessing the scope and limits of Australia–Indonesia security cooperation
Journal name Australian Journal of International Affairs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1465-332X
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10357718.2016.1153601
Volume 70
Issue 4
Start page 422
End page 440
Total pages 19
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
3320 Political Science and International Relations
Abstract Despite sharing many strategic interests, Indonesia and Australia have often struggled to forge effective security cooperation. In this article, the authors evaluate the ‘Bandung divide’ as a potential explanation for this difficulty. The ‘Bandung divide’ refers to the legacies of the 1955 Asian-African Conference, which saw Indonesia and Australia adopt different normative orientations towards the liberal international order, and divergent security strategies for South-East Asia. Having sketched the contours of the ‘Bandung divide’ and established its heuristic utility as a shorthand for the two countries’ divergent approaches to international order and regional security, the authors then evaluate its contemporary significance as a barrier to bilateral security cooperation in relation to two key challenges: Chinese revisionism in the South China Sea and transnational jihadist terrorism. Indonesia and Australia’s divergent approaches to regional security—themselves partially legacies of the ‘Bandung divide’—have prevented meaningful bilateral collaboration in engaging the South China Sea dispute. By contrast, the two countries have built an effective and heavily institutionalised counterterrorism partnership, proving that the ‘Bandung divide’ is not an insuperable barrier to cooperation. The highly restrictive circumstances that made this success possible nevertheless caution against unduly optimistic assumptions that the two countries will be able to forge a more comprehensive security partnership in the foreseeable future.
Keyword ANZUS
Asian-African Conference
Bandung divide
South China Sea dispute
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: HERDC Pre-Audit
School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 0 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article
Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus Article
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Tue, 24 May 2016, 10:31:57 EST by System User on behalf of Learning and Research Services (UQ Library)