After 27 years in the world of diplomacy, the founder saw that Indonesia’s profile in the international arena had undergone significant changes – whether geo-strategically, politically or economically. Indonesia has not only became a regional force, but also a global player, as seen in the country’s membership of the G20. Indonesia’s strategic environment, national assets, diplomacy agenda and manoeuvre space continue to grow. In fact, the international impact on the prosperity and progress of the Indonesian people is now far higher than in previous eras, and this trend will only persist.
However, a paradox has risen – on one hand, the surge of Indonesian nationalism has surely increased, yet the spirit of Indonesian internationalism remains limited. There is often a disconnect between the people’s understanding of the world with the actual issues developing in the international world. Symptoms of xenophobia (dislike or fear of people from abroad), paranoia, defensive nationalism and siege mentality can be felt in the nation.
There are still Indonesian students who face international issues with a dogmatic and emotional rhetoric rather than presenting a substantive and cold analysis. This ultimately has led to the lack of thoughts and ideas in the global marketplace originating from Indonesia.
An important thing to note – Indonesia is unlikely to become a giant of Asia and a major power in the 21st century if it still adheres to narrow nationalism and dim internationalism. Indonesia is actually able to draw important lessons from the experience of a series of developing countries, whatever their size, whether large, medium or small. The number has skyrocketed because countries have been able to combine strong nationalism with assertive internationalism. Examples of this would be China, India, South Korea, Turkey, Japan, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Costa Rica, Qatar, Singapore, Brazil, UAE, Mexico, etc.
For this reason, Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) was formed with the aim of developing Indonesian internationalism, making it more entrenched throughout the archipelago, and projecting itself to the rest of the world. FPCI is determined to form a large international relations community with mature and sensitive insights on bilateral, regional and global issues. FPCI aims to be a facilitator that can bring the “world” to the region and simultaneously bring grassroots and regional thoughts to the national and world stage.
FPCI has the following values:
- To ACT AS A PLATFORM TO ALL ELEMENTS; actors, observers, teachers, students and observers of international relations. This forum aims to unite Government officials, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the diplomatic corps in Indonesia, international institutions, international companies, international relations faculties, students, and all parties interested in diplomacy. Given the growing role of the corporate world and MSMEs in the international relations agenda, FPCI also includes the Indonesian and international corporate communities in our activities.
- To OPEN membership for all circles, both at home and abroad.
- To be NON-POLITICAL with no political agenda.
- To bring international relations issues to the GRASSROOTS: thus not only do we focus on the elite, but also the wider community and all of Indonesia.
- To ENLIGHTEN the community and campuses on international issues that are new, actual, current and being actively discussed in other parts of the world, as well as issues relevant to the future of Indonesia.
- To become a BRIDGE so that grassroots as well as regional international relations thinkers can develop experience in the international field through internships and innovative programs.
- To build a community that is INTELLECTUALLY ACTIVE; rich in ideas, analysis, perspectives and policy recommendations.
- To be INTERACTIVE, through facilitating two-way communication, and raising brilliant analysis from lecturers and students to national and international whirlpools through our website, e-journal and FPCI mailing lists.
- MERITOCRACY, through providing opportunities and capturing the best thinkers in the field of international relations from across the archipelago.