About the Conference
The government of Indonesia is hosting the third Jakarta International Defense Dialogue (JIDD) on the topic of“Defense and Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific Region” to take place in Jakarta, Indonesia on 20-21March2013.
The main objective of the JIDD is to promote intergovernmental cooperation to meet common threats and challenges. The organizers seek to provide a forum for officials and experts to discuss current and evolving trends in the region, to enhance government-to-government and military-to-military confidencebuilding, and help facilitate ongoing and new multilateral initiatives.The JIDD hopes to contribute to an environment that is favorable to a lasting peaceful order in the Asia-Pacific region, characterized by cooperation, transparency, and trust among governments and militaries alike.
The theme of the 2013 JIDD—Defense and Diplomacy—captures the complementarities between countries’ military and diplomatic activities. In a world of complex and interconnected challenges, states need to use and coordinate the full range of tools at their disposal. Military might needs to be coupled with political strategies and diplomatic efforts to be able to address the new international security context. In addition, defense and diplomacy can be orchestrated to enhance cooperation, increase confidence, and develop mutually beneficial relationships among countries and armed forces, which in turn contribute to a stable international and regional environment.
Next year’s JIDD is therefore set to play an important role in supporting the continued peaceful cooperation and development in the Asia-Pacific region. In the twenty-first century, economic, political, and military power is gradually shifting to the region spanning from the Indian to the Pacific Ocean. Geopolitics and power relationships are undergoing profound changes and conventional wisdom is challenged. Regional organizations and fora have proliferated. The Association of Southeast Asian States (ASEAN), the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, to mention only a few, are developing a culture of cooperation and dialogue, although still have untapped potential to tackle key economic and security issues in the region.
Regional integration reflects the understanding that multilateral cooperation is a necessity to address today’s challenges and that mutually beneficial relationships can develop when countries trust each other and work together. Cooperation is necessary because countries are unable to insulate oraddress by themselves emerging threats and challenges such as economic shocks, rapid socioeconomic changes, demographic shifts, climate change, resource scarcity, environmental degradation, terrorism, transnational organized crime, and piracy,as well as ongoing and emerging conflicts. But cooperation and dialogue facilitate more peaceful coexistence of different countries and cultures, more security, trade, better business, and more employment, while alsosupporting the emergence of a shared regional identity.
As the Asia-Pacific region continues to experience dynamism—economically, politically, and in the defense sector—the need to foster understanding and dialogue isincreasing. Cooperation, understanding, and mutual accommodation cannot be taken for granted, and they require active investments by the respective countries. This is especially true in the military realm, as military capabilities across the region are growing while rivalries and territorial disputes are lingering. Unresolved questions over the future status and competing territorial claims in the South China Sea, tensions on the Korean Peninsula and along the Thai-Cambodian border, and the decades-old rivalry between India and Pakistan are but a few examples of challenges that persist and evolve in the Asia-Pacific area, even though major interstate war has been absent from the region for a significant amount of time.
The 2013 JIDD on “Defense and Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific Region” can thus play an important role in fostering common solutions to these challenges and committing countries in the region to lasting peace. Fostering understanding and cooperation on political-military issues in the region is an essential element in carrying the initial successes of multilateral integration in the region forward.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 13 February 2013 08:24)