INDONESIA’S READINESS AND CHALLENGE IN IMPLEMENTING ASEAN COMMUNITY PROJECT; ANALYZING OF POLITICS AND SECURITY ASPECTS

Laode Machdani Afala • Restu Karlina Rahayu

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Abstract

This paper aims to explain Indonesia's readiness and challenges in implementing the ASEAN Community Project. ASEAN Community has been running for more than one year, since 2015. ASEAN Community as part of the regionalization process is intended as a way to enhance cooperation and unity among ASEAN countries. However, the process requires the readiness of a country in various aspects, one of which is the security and political conditions of a country. Using a political security approach, this paper seeks to address Indonesia's readiness and challenges in implementing this ASEAN Community. Based on the findings, this paper concludes two points; Firstly, Indonesia is facing many challenges both internally and externally, especially in an effort to give the protection and guaranty at the level of individuals associated with human rights issues. Some challenges can be seen from the increasing restricted civil liberties, intolerance action, and the use of threat of some groups in many areas. Secondly, as the first consequence, Indonesia's political and security situation is internally unstable in which causes a divided society and a stagnant democracy. This condition implicitly describes the condition of Indonesia's readiness and challenges in implementing the ASEAN Community project.

Keywords: Political and Security, Democracy, Readiness, Challenge, ASEAN Community

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