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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.

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US, China Virus Aid: Who Gives More To SEA? – Opinion by Esther N S Tamara

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.

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Toward a post-Trump America and world order – Opinion by Dr. Dino Patti Djalal

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.

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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.

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Cegah Terorisme Saat Pandemi Corona COVID-19, Ini Hal yang Perlu Diperhatikan – Liputan6.com

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.

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Pengamat: Ancaman Terorisme Meningkat Selama Pandemi Covid-19 – Damailah Indonesiaku

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).

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Propaganda Terorisme Bisa Semakin Intensif di Era Covid-19 – Berita Satu

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.

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Cegah Terorisme di Tengah Pandemi, Kepala BNPT Ikuti Diskusi Virtual Dengan FPCI – BNPT

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.

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Cooperation at the Core of ASEAN-China Response to COVID-19 Pandemic – ERIA

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.’

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Transparency Key as Indonesia Relaxes Restrictions – Opinion by Camille Bismonte

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.

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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.

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The Disproportionate Effect of COVID-19 on Migrant Workers in ASEAN – Opinion by Camille Bismonte

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.

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World Desperately Needs Cooperation, Leadership to Beat COVID-19 – Opinion by Dr. Dino Patti Djalal

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.

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Denmark Yakin RI Punya Potensi Besar Memajukan Energi Baru dan Terbarukan – Liputan6.com

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.

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New dynamics emerge in Indonesia-China relations – Opinion by Dr. Dino Patti Djalal

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.

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CIFP Beri Masukan Politik Luar Negeri – Media Indonesia

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”.

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Kejar Target Indonesia-Korea CEPA, Negosiasi Rampung Sebelum November – Liputan6.com

Liputan6.com, Jakarta – Dubes Korea Selatan untuk Indonesia, Kim Chang-beom turut memberi komentar perihal kesepakatan perdagangan bilateral antara Indonesia dengan Korea melalui Indonesia-Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IK-CEPA). Melalui sebuah pernyataan, ia menegaskan pihaknya dan RI berupaya mengejar tenggat waktu dalam linimasanya (timeline).

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Historic challenge for Abrahamic religions – Opinion by Dr. Dino Patti Djalal

The recent attack by a white supremacist in Christchurch, New Zealand, revealed to us what the most extreme form of Islamophobia can be. The terrorist had reportedly developed a burning hatred of the growing number of Muslims that he saw as “invading his land”. Analysts have pointed out that if this could happen (of all places) in New Zealand, it could happen anywhere. The rare attack was also a manifestation of the historic “Abrahamic” problem. Relations among the Abrahamic religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism remain fraught with negativity, tension and hostility. At times they do result in oppression, discrimination and persecution.

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Insight: Are we ready for Indo Pacific 2.0? – Opinion by Dr. Dino Patti Djalal

The year 2019 is poised to be a critical episode for the Indo-Pacific. This is the year when ASEAN will attempt to form a common position on the Indo-Pacific, and before that, there will also be an East Asia Summit (EAS) foreign ministers conference in Jakarta in March. The Indo-Pacific, of course, is not a new concept. I would say that the EAS — created in 2005 and since 2011 has included the United States and Russia — is in itself a manifestation of Indo-Pacific thinking; let’s call it Indo Pacific 1.0.

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