2020 might be one of the most challenging years in decades. As the world was not only struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the rising bigotry, hate speech, and extremism. From suicide bombing in Quetta, Pakistan, the burning of Qur’an by far-right activists in Sweden, the Islamist terrorist stabbings in Nice, France to the recent mass shooting in Vienna, Austria, and another mass killing in the village of Koshebe, Nigeria, we have not seen any progress in the fight against hate speech, bigotry, terrorism, and extremism. In spite of that, international collective efforts have also been conducted by various actors and institutions in hope for a better future of inter-religious harmony. This year, another chance at improving what we have left last year will proceed.
It is not only students and the youth that are struggling to adjust to work-from-home or online classes and practically everything-virtual. World leaders, too, have to work remotely. Gone are the days of hand-shaking and shoulder pads, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended what are conventionally known practices of diplomacy: bilateral meetings, international summits, in-person negotiations — all of these things are now held online in accordance with public health safety guidelines.
Ambassadorial Lecture – EU: COVID-19, Vaccines, Recovery, and International Cooperation with H.E. Vincent Piket
In collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia, Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) has the pleasure to once again conduct the #FPCIAmbassadorialLecture series with H.E. Vincent Piket throughout 2021. Ambassadorial Lecture Series aims to discuss various aspects of the bilateral relations between Indonesia and the European Union, especially during the unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the contraction at -5.32% in the second and -3.49% in the third quarter of 2020, Indonesia’s economy has fallen into recession. Nevertheless, World Bank and IMF came with positive news as they predicted Indonesian economy to expand between 4.8% – 6.1% next year. The arrival of vaccine in Indonesia also increases public confidence that Indonesia’s economy will soon recover. However, economic rebound still depends on various factors, including politics. What would Indonesian economic and political landscape looks like next year? When will our economic activities return to normalcy? What kind of policy breakthroughs are needed to spur reforms and transformations for a resilient recovery?
FPCI-Huawei Virtual Public Forum “Towards A More Digitized ASEAN: Shifting Currents, Opportunities, and Challenges in Time of Pandemic”
COVID-19 has reinforced the strategic role of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in navigating regional resilience in a time of crisis. The pandemic demonstrated the use of technology in practice to keep business, governments, and societies running. However, every country has a different capacity in utilizing ICT to respond to COVID-19. How does ASEAN address this ‘digital gap’? How does the Master Plan of ASEAN Connectivity 2025 help in strengthening digital connectivity in the region? How has COVID-19 shifted the digital landscape in Southeast Asia thus far? What are the key challenges in transforming towards a more digitized community?
After almost a decade in the making, the world’s largest free-trade bloc has finally been finalized in the direst of times. As the world faces an economic recession, RCEP delivers new hopes for its signatories to rebuild better, and most importantly, bounce back stronger in overcoming the threats posed by the pandemic. Bringing together major players of Southeast Asia, Asia Pacific, and Oceania, the signing of this historic pact indicates that countries are searching for hope in surviving the pandemic through multilateralism.
Global Town Hall is a 15-hour marathon discussion where world leaders and high-level experts will discuss on the theme, “Rebuilding from the COVID-19 World.” The conference will discuss the state of the world beset by the COVID-19 crisis, evaluate policy challenges and lessons learned, and gather ideas for future direction, especially in terms of how to rebuild the world economically, socially, environmentally, diplomatically and even geopolitically. Global Town Hall is organized by a consortium of 12 reputable think-tanks from around the world and will be watched by a global audience.
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.
In welcoming the 30th anniversary of the ASEAN-China relations next year, FPCI Research & Analysis department conducted a public survey about the ASEAN-China relationship from June until October 2020. The survey is titled “ASEAN-China Survey 2020: Assessing the Present and Envisioning the Future of ASEAN-China Relations.” The survey involved 1000 respondents from 10 ASEAN Member States and coming from five segments of the general public: government officials, academia, business community, civil society, and students.
Indonesia-Australia Campus-To-Campus Virtual Outreach: The Power of Youth in Reshaping Our Post-Pandemic Society
Indonesia-Australia Campus-To-Campus Virtual Outreach: The Power of Youth in Reshaping Our Post-Pandemic Society
FPCI Virtual Public Forum on Assessing the Present and Envisioning the Future of ASEAN-China Relations
FPCI Virtual Public Forum on Assessing the Present and Envisioning the Future of ASEAN-China Relations On Friday, 4 September 2020, Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia
In less than three months away, Americans will decide who their next president will be. With so much at stake, this year’s election will map out the country’s stance on democracy, liberal international order, and most importantly, determine the recovery of a nation that has been stricken with economic, public health, and social crises.
Vietnam as the Chairman of ASEAN this year held virtually the 36th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. With the theme of “Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN”, the summit was focused on the COVID-19 pandemic response, post-pandemic recovery and further cooperation with partner countries. The Summit also discussed the South China Sea and the importance of RCEP.
This is the second time that Indonesia is holding the UNSC presidency during its term as a non-permanent member for 2019-2020. “Advancing Sustainable Peace” is the theme for Indonesia’s presidency which reflects Indonesian vision & role in the UNSC.
With such deep roots of historical and sectarian clashes, the Israel – Palestine conflict can be traced all the way back to the 1900s. For more than 50 years, Israel occupation in the West Bank have continued to bring not only military casualties, but also civilian victims. Peace negotiations and mediation efforts have all failed to reach an agreement. That is, until the Trump Administration announced the Middle East Peace Plan on January that endorses an annexation plan of the West Bank on July 1st. What can be made of this development?
Since the coronavirus pandemic, the tone of Chinese diplomacy started to be more escalated and fractious especially in countering attacks and criticisms from foreign governments. These behaviours have been interpreted as “wolf-warrior diplomacy”. What does it mean and has it become the new norm of Chinese diplomacy?
From the past few months, tension in the South China Sea has been rising. On July 13, 2020, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a press statement reaffirmed the United States’ commitment in the Indo-Pacific and rejected Beijing’s claims on the offshoring of resources in most of the South China Sea. Secretary Pompeo noted that the PRC has been “bullying” Southeast Asian claimants like the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. On the other side, the Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian called out the United States for its “intensified meddling” in the South China Sea maritime disputes, and accused the US as using the South China Sea issue as a “geopolitical game. In the middle of China and the United States’ disputes, Indonesia just recently conducted a four-day exercise in the area, which was noted by observers as a “major show of force” against Chinese claims to the area and for CCG vessels that have repeatedly trespassed Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
Ambassadorial Lecture with H.E. Igor Driesmans – Ambassador of the European Union to ASEAN – Part 4: Bandung
FPCI would like to thank the EU Ambassador to ASEAN, H.E. Igor Driesmans, for his insightful and detailed presentation on the European Union’s history and establishment, its interest and values, as well as its multilateralism agenda during the 4th #FPCIAmbassadorialLecture that was held on Monday, August 10th, 2020.
FPCI – Valdai Virtual Conference “The Rise of Regional Multipolarity: The Importance of ASEAN Centrality”
The COVID-19 pandemic has had huge economic, social, and political implications in Southeast Asia and around the world. Additionally, economic instability in Southeast Asia is intensifying and prolonging geo-political upheavals, with disputes becoming more unpredictable as states struggle to control the pandemic.
FPCI – Milken Institute Virtual Public Discussion “The Future of Trade Policy: Pandemics, Populism, and other Challenges”
The OECD Economic Outlook published this June revealed that an unprecedented collapse in the first half of this year due to the novel coronavirus outbreak caused an almost 13% decline in global GDP. This was a far cry from the more optimistic interim prediction of 1.5% that was projected back in May 2020.
Ambassadorial Lecture with H.E. Vincent Piket – Ambassador of the European Union to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam – Part 3: Yogyakarta
On July 20th, 2020, FPCI and the Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia conducted the 3rd FPCI Ambassadorial Lecture with H.E. Vincent Piket. The Ambassador gave us insights and updates on Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The impact of the COVID-19 to the national and global political, economy, health, and social landscapes have been dominating many discussion sessions lately, but to date, minimal attention has been directed towards the issue of security, particularly in regard to terrorism and other forms of violent extremism. There are, in fact, emerging waves of new cases related to acts of terror across the globe. Over the past following weeks, researchers and practitioners have been voicing out their concerns about a crack the pandemic may open to terror groups that seek to advance their causes. One researcher alerts that “terrorism is likely to morph into new shapes and forms. Terrorist groups have positioned themselves to exploit the opportunities of a post-COVID-19 world.”
Ambassadorial Lecture with H.E. Vincent Piket – Ambassador of the European Union to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam – Part 2: Malang
Ambassadorial Lecture with H.E. Vincent Piket – Part 2: Malang Last Thursday, July 9th, 2020, FPCI conducted the 2nd #FPCIAmbassadorialLecture with H.E. Vincent Piket, Ambassador
Ambassadorial Lecture with H.E. Cameron MacKay – Ambassador of Canada to Indonesia – Part 2: Surabaya
In collaboration with the Embassy of Canada in Indonesia, FPCI is conducting a series of Ambassadorial Lecture with H.E. Cameron MacKay, Ambassador of Canada to Indonesia.
President Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan revealed in January this year significantly favors Israel, with a ‘take it or leave it’ deal that leaves the Palestinians completely out of the discussion. It involved a United States-backed annexation plan of the West Bank that may take place as soon as July 1st. The plan also declared that Jerusalem will ‘remain Israel’s undivided capital.’ East Jerusalem, also claimed by Palestine to be the capital of their future state, has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East War.
Ambassadorial Lecture with H.E. Vincent Piket – Ambassador of the European Union to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam – Part 1: Jakarta
In collaboration with the European Union Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, FPCI is conducting a series of Ambassadorial Lecture with H.E. Vincent Piket, Ambassador of the European Union to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam.
Ambassadorial Lecture with H.E. Cameron MacKay – Ambassador of Canada to Indonesia – Part 1: Makassar
This FPCI Ambassadorial Lecture series with H.E. Cameron MacKay, Ambassador of Canada to Indonesia, aims to provide more understanding on the present and future relationship between Indonesia and Canada. The lecture series will specifically cover issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic that is now infecting both Indonesia and Canada.
The Road to Paris Peace Forum 2020: Calling for Innovative Projects in Response to a COVID-19 World The Paris Peace Forum (PPF) was born in
The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus has led to the deaths of hundreds and thousands of lives globally. Currently, stay-at-home practices are the best way of curbing the number of infections. Finding a vaccine is ultimately the number one weapon to fight this pandemic.