The recent controversy over the visit of a German Embassy staffer to the headquarters of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) shows what happens when a diplomatic event has a brush with domestic politics. Here is what we know. On Dec. 17, 2020, an employee of the German Embassy visited the FPI headquarters in Petamburan, Central Jakarta. Her entry into the compound and the car she arrived in, which bore a diplomatic license plate, was photographed, most likely by an intelligence officer assigned to watch the goings-on at the compound. Two days later, FPI secretary-general Munarman confirmed her visit to the media and the incident went viral. Reports began to surface that the woman in question was a member of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND).
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Pandemi Covid-19 telah mengubah perspektif pemerintah maupun pelaku industri dalam berbagai aspek, terutama dalam menjamin ketahanan kesehatan publik, pembangunan ekonomi, dan stabilitas politik. Di bidang ekonomi, setidaknya ada dua implikasi yang harus dicermati dalam mengantisipasi perubahan akibat dampak pandemi. Pertama, pandemi ini telah mendorong evaluasi terhadap global supply chain yang selama ini terpusat di beberapa negara tertentu.
As if COVID-19 and the economic recession were not enough, the world today has to bear with a wrangle between France and the Islamic world, sparked by controversy over President Emmanuel Macron’s recent statements about Islam. Macron made his comments after the gruesome beheading of French teacher Samuel Paty, who had shown a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad to his students as part of a class discussion.
The current pandemic may well engender longer lasting and more fundamental social and economic effects, such as risk-aversion and the shift from “mass culture” to that of the “revolt of isolationism”. In the economic sphere one of the implications of the current crisis may be greater investment into “social distancing” undertaken in areas such as transportation, education, retail trade, restaurants and catering, etc. The sudden transformation of demand resulted in the emergence of qualitatively “new demand” that remains largely unsatisfied, along with the disappearance of sizeable tracts of “old consumer demand”.
All nations of the world are awaiting the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Needless to say, it seems that the coronavirus will stay with us for a long time to come. This pandemic has taken more than one million lives and affected more than 40 million individuals. It is an unprecedented period where leaders of the world race to create strategies to protect their nation against further spread of the disease – a time where governments are pushed into crisis management mode, struggling to maintain the delicate balance between saving lives and livelihoods. A period requiring, more than ever before, solid engagement, communication, cooperation and sharing of ideas between nations to prepare for post-pandemic economic and social recovery.
Why Trump’s Anti-China Policy Falls on Deaf Ears in Southeast Asia – Opinion by Dr. Dino Patti Djalal
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has given a series of speeches attacking China. His speeches present some new themes: they aim specifically at the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), they frame China as an ideological threat (constantly referring to “Communist China,” not just China) and they adopt a blanket (rather than a la carte) attack against China: on the coronavirus, trade, investment, technology, TikTok, the World Health Organization, the South China Sea, Chinese companies and students, democracy, human rights, climate change – the list goes on. It seems that for the Trump administration, it has become a taboo to say anything remotely positive about China. Indeed, as Pompeo stated, “securing our freedom from the CCP is the mission of our time and America is in a perfect position to lead.”
After Abe, Opportunities Loom for Japan-Indonesia Relations – Opinion by Noto Suoneto & Birgitta Riani
Earlier this month, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) selected Suga Yoshihide to replace the outgoing Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, following his resignation due to ill health. With Abe’s sudden exit in the throes of a global pandemic, the appointment of Suga, who took office on September 17 after serving as Abe’s chief cabinet secretary throughout his second term, is the LDP’s means of ensuring a degree of continuity on Abe’s major policy initiatives. Suga has himself made this bias for stability explicit, vowing to maintain the tenets of “Abenomics” in economic policy, and continue the country’s coronavirus measures.
Japan has elected Yoshihide Suga the new prime minister, replacing Shinzo Abe who resigned amid a global pandemic. Suga’s appointment is the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s way to ensure continuity of Abe’s major policies. Suga himself has shown his keenness toward stability, vowing to maintain the ongoing Abenomics economic policy and coronavirus response during his campaign.
The Other “Virus” Threat to Indonesia and the Philippines: Online Radicalization – Opinion by Camille Bismonte & Kareeda Kabir
Amid the pandemic, it has been said that Indonesia has found itself fighting two viruses. The first being the coronavirus pandemic, and the second being the “virus” of religious radicalization. The lethal combination of an ailing global economy combined with the strain on healthcare systems has pushed people to find other outlets to obtain the resources and support they need. Unfortunately, one outlet in Indonesia and the Philippines appears to be militant Islamic online radicalization through increased internet saturation, fueled by a need for a sense of community amidst the calls for self-isolation during the pandemic.
Undoubtedly, COVID-19 pandemic has a profound impact on Inter-Korean ties. The past 2 years’ negotiation between North Korea and South Korea, also with the United States, have not shown any positive results and is disrupted by the pandemic. North Korean leaders have even appeared with a worsening tone of diplomacy.
Earlier this year, Beijing’s ‘mask diplomacy’ gained traction for its suspected geopolitical intentions as the rest of the world was making do with a dwindling supply of face masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). Beijing’s swooping gesture of goodwill to the suffering global community was quite an opportunity to seize, and one that allowed China to earn points from the international community.
Devising cooperative programs on “technical, scientific and environment” matters is easier than dealing with “resource” issues, and much more difficult than dealing with “territorial claims and jurisdictional issues” in the South China Sea (SCS).
I know many of us got this wrong in the past, but I am willing to bet my house that President Donald J. Trump is finished. Either by a small or large margin, the incumbent will lose the US elections in November. It will not be Joe Biden that will beat Trump: Donald Trump is the cause of his own demise. His unmistakable “authenticity”, an asset that distinguished him from his political competitors in the past, is now a liability. His notorious claim of invincibility – that he could “shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and still get elected” – no longer holds weight today.
Dino Patti Djalal: Indonesia wants restraint in the South China Sea – Interview by Brendan Nicholson
Indonesia appreciated being comprehensively briefed on Australia’s recent defence strategic update before it was announced, says seasoned diplomat and politician Dr Dino Patti Djalal. The former deputy foreign minister, who now heads the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia think tank, told ASPI’s online ‘Strategic Vision 2020’ conference that the world was living in ‘a hot peace environment’ with relations among the major powers deteriorating and many potential flashpoints.
Indonesia must continue to closely engage the United States regardless of who wins the US presidential elections in November, diplomats and foreign policy experts say, as it seeks to rekindle its partnership with a superpower largely preoccupied with its rivalry with China.
Liputan6.com, Jakarta- Dalam acara virtual Roundtable Discussion yang digelar oleh FPCI Kamis 9 Juli 2020, Dr. Noor Huda Ismail, Founder of the Institute for International Peace Building in Indonesia, menyampaikan pendapatnya tentang bagaimana pemerintah seharusnya mengaplikasikan pendekatan untuk tetap melakukan penjagaan aman dalam melawan terorisme di tengah situasi pandemi Virus Corona COVID-19.
Jakarta – Ancaman terorisme di Indonesia dan beberapa negara, salah satunya Filipina, meningkat selama dunia menghadapi pandemi COVID-19. Hal itu dikatakan pengamat dan peneliti terorisme Noor Huda Ismail saat menjadi narasumber seminar virtual bertajuk Keeping Up the Fight against Terrorism during the COVID-19 Crisis dari lembaga think tank Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI), sebagaimana disiarkan langsung via Youtube, Kamis (9/7/2020).
Jakarta, Beritasatu.com- Pandemi Covid-19 memberikan tantangan tersendiri dalam penanganan terorisme secara global. Situasi pandemi mengharuskan orang lebih terisolasi dan berinteraksi secara daring, sehingga menjadi peluang lebih besar bagi kelompok teroris untuk mengintensifkan propaganda mereka yang sering kali disampaikan lewat media sosial.
Jakarta: Krisis yang dihasilkan pandemi virus korona (covid-19) sangat berpengaruh di segala bidang, termasuk melawan terorisme. Saat ini, masyarakat berbondong-bondong merepatriasi diri untuk bisa kembali ke Tanah Air.
Jakarta – Negara-negara di dunia kini tengah menghadapi Pandemi Covid-19 yang menciptakan perubahan signifikan tidak hanya dalam aspek kesehatan masyarakat namun juga berdampak secara politik, ekonomi, dan sosial. Fokus pemerintah dan komunitas internasional kini diprioritaskan untuk menangani penyebaran Covid-19, situasi ini dinilai menjadi celah bagi kelompok radikal terorisme untuk melancarkan aksi propaganda.
Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia membidik beberapa kerja sama dan penandatanganan nota kesepahaman (MoU) pencegahan terorisme dengan negara lain di tengah pandemi COVID-19, kata Kepala Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Terorisme (BNPT) Komisaris Jenderal Polisi Boy Rafli Amar saat sesi diskusi virtual di Jakarta, Kamis.
The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) participated in the 1st Jakarta Forum on ASEAN-China Relations 2020 held online by the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) on 29 May. The Forum aimed to promote the dynamic intellectual collaboration between relevant stakeholders in the ASEAN-China relationship. Hosted by the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to ASEAN and the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to ASEAN, the virtual forum covered the topic of ‘ASEAN-China Cooperation in dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic.’
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only drastically affected the way we live our lives, but it has thrust many countries into having to decide when to transition from sheltering to reopening –sometimes precipitating harmful partisan domestic battles.
By way of example, the United States and Brazil, although somewhat distinct, are both suffering greatly from COVID-19 and are considering reopening. Both are led by aggressive populists who rose to power as antielite and anti-establishment figures. Their leaders are prone to reject the opinions of scientists, promote conspiracy theories and undermine media that oppose them. Yet now they seek to avoid blame for any failure to ameliorate COVID-19 damage.
Why Democracy Matters? – Learning from the Experience of Indonesia and South Korea in the Time of COVID-19 – Opinion by Noto Suoneto
As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic is not only affecting the global health and economic situation, but it has also tested the political leadership of all countries no matter what their political system is. Either they are Republic with Presidential System (Indonesia) and Parliamentary System (India), Absolute Monarchy (Saudi Arabia), Constitutional Monarchy (Japan, United Kingdom), or One-party State (China). Many even say, Democracy? Autocracy? coronavirus doesn’t care.
A significant percentage of all ASEAN workers consist of migrant labor, whose remittances contribute a substantial proportion of GDP in many nations around the region. In light of COVID-19, however, the impact on these migrant workers has been significantly higher — and the consequences devastating. Migrant workers are often the most overlooked population during a crisis such as the pandemic, and they are now being viewed as the primary cause for second-wave infections. If issues involving marginalized communities such as migrant workers are not addressed, this will fuel more virus containment obstacles going forward.
The preferred policy response of every country threatened by COVID-19 seems to be a lockdown, or severely restricting movement (of people, goods and services) into and out of cities or countries. For now, this is undoubtedly the best way to slow down, contain and hopefully roll back the spread of the novel coronavirus within and between nations. But beating COVID-19 will require much more than a lockdowns, social distancing and travel bans. Even if China, South Korea and Japan succeed in scaling back the virus, that does not mean much if the rest of the world catches it.
Liputan6.com, Jakarta – Dalam acara Public Discussion Forum yang diselenggarakan oleh FPCI (Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia) pada Rabu, (4/3/2020), Duta Besar Denmark untuk RI, Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen mengatakan bahwa Indonesia memiliki potensi pengembangan energi baru dan terbarukan yang besar dalam beberapa tahun. Alasannya karena memiliki melimpahnya sumber daya alam yang mendukung.
If you asked me which country Indonesia had grown closest to in the last five years, my answer would be: China. Indonesia has developed many “partnerships” with other countries — more than a dozen of them. Yet, no matter how you label them (“strategic”,”special, comprehensive”, “21st century” etc.), Indonesia’s partnership with China is perhaps the most substantial.
Indonesia must find a panacea for the “hot peace” simmering as a result of growing tensions among the world’s strategic rivalries, foreign policy experts said on Saturday as the government called for global collective leadership to maintain peace in the community of nations.
RIBUAN orang mengikuti konferensi tahunan tentang kebijakan luar negeri Indonesia atau Conference on Indonesian Foreign Policy (CIFP) 2019 di Jakarta, Sabtu (30/19). Kegiatan yang diadakan oleh Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) itu bertema “Cooling Off The Hot Peace Strategic Opportunities and Economic Remedies for a Distressful World”.