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Irfa Puspitasari

Irfa Puspitasari is Research Intern at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.

Indonesia- China relations: Challenges and Opportunities

November 22, 2010

During the course of their sixty year-old bilateral relationship, Indonesia and China have gone through many ups and downs. A great part of the formative years of this relationship was marred by mutual apathy, if not distrust.

Indonesia’s Protracted War on Terrorism: The Importance of Abu Bakar Ba'asyir’s Arrest

September 09, 2010

Indonesia, which has been taking significant measures to curb terrorism, scored another success with the arrest of Abu Bakar Ba'asyir aka ABB, suspected of having funded and ideologically motivated Al Qaeda Aceh, in early August 2010. The arrest is just one of the steps in a long, consistent and protracted fight to maintain Indonesia’s secular, democratic and republican credentials.

Indonesia’s New Foreign Policy - ‘Thousand friends- zero enemy’

August 23, 2010

Indonesia is trying to gain the leadership position in Southeast Asia through constructive and cooperative gestures and balanced bargaining between major powers.