(Jakarta, 4th January 2019) To kick off 2019, FPCI hosted its first public discussion of the year with Dr. Deborah W. Nutter, Senior Associate Dean, and Professor of Practice of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University on Friday, 4th January 2019.
As part of her second visit to Bengkel Diplomasi FPCI, Dr. Nutter delivered her views on the issue of the geopolitical turning point and the future state of multilateralism. This discussion was attended by around 125 participants, among them were students, diplomatic corps, former Ambassadors and government officials.
The public discussion started with a question from Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, the Founder of FPCI and as the moderator, about whether we, as a global citizen, should feel more nervous or hopeful on today’s geopolitical circumstances. Outlining her point of view as an academic, Dr. Deborah pointed at the return of the bipolar system to the current international order where the main pattern emerged is the growing rivalry between China and the United States.
The U.S.’ philosophy of alliances and free trade system gave the chance for countries like India and China to rise as the new world economic powers. For China, in particular, its notable progress is identified not only by its economic growth but also through its increasing military presence in the region.
As the competition between these two major economic powers stimulates, a challenge to multilateralism rises significantly. Countries seem to heavily emphasize their national interest aloft the joint collaboration to solve global issues. As a result, efforts to reach win-win solutions have become stiffed to achieve. This is explicitly shown, for example, by the U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the country from the established multilateral agreements (e.g. on climate and cybersecurity issues).
However, Dr. Deborah underlined that the Indo-Pacific notion as a decent alternative in the midst of the current global uncertainty. She believed that ASEAN has a potential role to play and its leadership is very essential to unite the member states from the vortex of tension.
To learn more about the discussion, we provide a link to the Public Discussion Summary to be used for your perusal.