With a population of 253 million, Indonesia is the largest country in Southeast Asia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, and the world’s third largest democracy (after India and the United States). Its size, economic vibrancy, and democratic development have led many observers to consider it an emerging power, whose voice is increasingly influential on many global and regional issues. Indonesia is an active member in regional diplomatic institutions, and the de facto leader of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It straddles important sea lanes, bordering the Strait of Malacca, one of the world’s busiest trade routes.
Date of Report: June 26, 2015
Order Number: IF10247
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