Postgraduate students research a broad range of topics across the School disciplines.
This study explores the roles of Islam in the conduct of Indonesia’s foreign policy. Indonesia is a country with the world’s largest Muslim community, with the political meaning of Islam is always contested in the process of nation-building. Meanwhile, Islam has come under increasing scrutiny by the scholars of international relations at large, particularly since Islamic extremism has become one of the major challenges to the post-Cold War world order. Therefore, it is important to research whether and how the religion has impacted the basic thinking and making of foreign policy in Indonesia. In order to contextualize the analysis, the study pays special attention to Indonesia’s relations with Pakistan as a major case study.
This research is important because it looks at the emerging roles of Islam in the development of relationships between the two largest Muslim countries in the world, Indonesia and Pakistan. The result of the research will bring up a better understanding about Muslim states’ foreign policy and the influence of Islamic groups on domestic and international politics