COVID-19 pandemic is not only a global health crisis, it has challenged the current state of our democracy. While both Indonesia and South Korea are countries that have been promoting democratic values in its socio-political system, this unprecedented COVID-19 has grown more concerned whether the pandemic has become the cover for the current political leadership’s authoritarian instinct and intent. Both governments have different containment policies and measures in combating COVID-19 and has also resulted in a dissimilar effect on the ground. This condition has sparked questions of whether democracy is the best form of government in handling the pandemic and how well kept are the values of democracy during the pandemic globally and particularly in both countries? What containment policies might be considered as authoritarian and has it significantly impacted citizens’ freedom of rights and expression?
Virtual Jakarta Forum on ASEAN-China Relations 2020 – ASEAN-China Cooperation in Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Jakarta Forum 2020 will be held on Friday, 29th of May 2020 at 09:00-11:00 GMT+7. This Forum aims to discuss the state of relations between ASEAN member countries and China during this time of duress for all and how to further develop cooperation at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and envision the relationship after this health crisis ends.
East and Southeast Asian Economies have been severely impacted by COVID-19, especially in terms of the flow of goods and services in the region’s global value chains. This infographic is based upon a policy brief created by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) as a recommendation to ASEAN Member States which can be found on ERIA’s website.
Our oceans are under the threat of climate change — marked by damage to coral reefs in various parts of the world and ocean acidification. Humans have played a large part in sea damage through pollution from ships, from land, mining at sea, as well as irresponsible fisheries exploitation.
With the spreading of COVID-19 outbreak, the beginning of the year 2020 has seen a critical threat to state’s economy. In financial sector, Indonesia is under a threat of flagging rupiah with the currency exchange rate reached 16,625 as of 24 March 2020—the weakest since 1998 crisis. Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani stated that the worst situation of Indonesia’s growth could reach minus 0.4%. The pandemic is also testing political leadership of President Jokowi and his administration. Government’s efforts in dealing with the crisis are being questioned and considered lack of transparency. How has the pandemic impacted the economic and political condition in the last few months? Will political instability follow as caused by health crisis that triggered economy crisis?
The efforts of developing the vaccine for COVID-19 has become the top priority for countries around the world to be able to solve this unprecedented global health crisis. Who is involved in the endeavor so far? How much is the cost to develop the vaccine and what are the challenges posing the discovery?
The combination of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the oil collapse has created new threats to the economy, along with political instability and poverty in countries reliant on oil sales. The oil price war could be traced back to when OPEC producers tried to negotiate a production cut in line with a global demand slowdown and this condition has led to the oil price crash. With lockdown measures being implemented in 187 countries – bringing mobility to a halt- demand for oil has fallen resulted in the global oil price crash.
Virtual Public Discussion – Ramadan during COVID-19: How Countries and Communities in Indonesia, the United Kingdom, and Pakistan Ensure a Safe Ramadan amidst the Pandemic
Ramadan is known as the time when gatherings and activities such as communal prayers, communal meals or banquets and pilgrimages are conducted every day amongst family, friends and also the mosque community. However, with the current COVID-19 pandemic, governments and the World Health Organizations (WHO) have taken several measurements to ensure a safe Ramadan practice while maintaining social distancing. As a result, physical worships such as communal prayers and religious sermons have been avoided and prayers are conducted at home using virtual alternatives.
Pandemics have plagued civilizations throughout human history, the coronavirus outbreak is having a profoundly negative impact on people’s livelihoods and on economic growth. The European Union is working on all fronts to provide for immediate cash relief to those sectors affected, to make sure they retain productive capacity and to meet emergency needs.
Virtual Roundtable Discussion – Governor Ridwan Kamil & Foreign Ambassadors Discuss the Fight Against Covid-19 in West Java
On Monday, 11 May 2020, Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) has successfully convened a virtual roundtable discussion involving Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil and several Foreign Ambassadors to Indonesia. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Founder of FPCI. The Governor and Ambassadors had a fruitful discussion on best experiences and practices in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like all countries around the world, for Indonesia, diplomacy is a critical part of the life-and death efforts to beat the Covid-19 pandemic. This involves a variety of important tasks: evacuating Indonesian citizens from affected areas, coordinating with WHO on Covid-19 knowhow, securing medical equipments including test kits from international manufacturers, pushing an ASEAN response, ensuring effective international cooperation, mitigating the economic impacts of Covid-19, and so on.
The covid-19 pandemic does not only hitting our global economy system, but also exposes the competence of world governments in handling the impact of this unprecedented coronavirus crisis. How is the assessment on the political leadership of democratic countries around the world? Will the pandemic reshape our democracy and governance globally?
Asia Pacific has been one of the fastest-growing region in the world. Yet as the COVID-19 pandemic requires for a restricted direct human interaction hence disrupting economic activities globally, Asia Pacific as a region is not immune to the economic threats it posed. Experts predicted that the downturn may be more severe than past economic crisis.
Virtual Public Discussion – Multi-Faith Efforts in Addressing COVID-19 in Indonesia and Across the Globe
The World Economic Forum acknowledges that faith leaders can actually provide such comfort to their communities by turning to religious texts and theology, and encouraging safe practices. However, they also recognize the need for “an immediate and whole-of society approach to prevent the transmission of the virus.” Particularly for some communities, they need an extra measure of help more than ever as well. It is the kind of relief that is not just spiritual relief, but also physical and financial ones. The question is, how can interfaith communities collaboratively work to respond to the pandemic? What are some of the things that been done in this respect all around the world?
Virtual Public Discussion – Anticipating a Covid-19 Global Economic Crisis: How Should Indonesia Get Prepared?
COVID-19 has created a global economic crisis that is now hitting countries across the world. Travel, tourism, production, and international trade have been severely disrupted. Businesses across many industries are forced to shut down. International Monetary Fund projected that the world economy is most likely to experience its worst recession since the Great Depression. How has Covid-19 actually been impacting the world and Indonesian economy? How should the Indonesian government mitigate the risks of possible economic depression?
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted religious practices across the globe in significant ways, reaching a degree that we have never really seen before. Through the social and behavior change communication (SBCC), the changes mainly come from restrictions to gather, worship at a religious site, and conduct religious practices such as pilgrimage and burial ceremonies.
The United States has been a long-standing friend and is the single largest contributor to the World Health Organization (WHO) with assessed contribution is 22% of its total members. Unfortunately, the tension between them has arisen since the outbreak concerning how WHO handled the pandemic. Following the decision to withdraw the funding made by the US, how did WHO respond and what is likely to be the impact?
COVID-19 is truly a global problem, touching every corner of the world. The pandemic’s impact has been tremendous, with the potential to reshape all countries – including the countries of ASEAN. Though while their problems are similar, the impacts of the virus on each country and their responses are all unique.
As the first case of the virus was found in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in November 2019, China then became the first epicenter of the disease. Following the containment measure implemented by Chinese authorities, how did the fallout from the outbreak impact China?
Virtual Global Town Hall – Briefing untuk Diaspora Indonesia di Seluruh Dunia: Update Mengenai Perang Melawan COVID-19 di Tanah Air
On the 25th of April, FPCI in collaboration with Indonesian Diaspora Network – Global (IDN-G), Asosiasi Dosen Indonesia (ADI), and Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia se-Dunia (PPI Dunia) convened the first Indonesian government briefing on COVID-19 in Indonesia to Indonesian diaspora around the globe.
Virtual Public Discussion – Coronavirus Crisis? Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on the Indonesian and World Economy
The current coronavirus pandemic is creating enormous burden on the global economy. It is already inflicting serious damage on supply chains, demand, and financial market, affecting business investment, household consumption, and international trade. The ADB on 3rd April estimated the pandemic could cost the world economy $4.1 trillion or almost 5% of global gross domestic product. With the uncertainty of when will the pandemic end, governments are bracing for the full impact from the coronavirus economic downturn.