U.S. Institute of Peace

02/22/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/22/2024 13:10

How Might Prabowo Navigate Conflict, Competition as Indonesia’s President

Indonesia's defense minister, Prabowo Subianto, is set to become the next president of the world's fourth-largest country and third-largest democracy. Prabowo will take the reins of power at a tense moment for regional and global security and as president will have to contend with a persistent, low-grade conflict in West Papua. Continuity will likely hold sway as prevailing winds in Indonesia's foreign policy chart a well-worn course for navigating geopolitical competition and global conflicts, this time with what appears to be a willing captain at the helm.