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Strategies to raise our geopolitical profile

  • Fakhridho SBP Susilo and Kris Wijoyo Soepandji

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Jakarta   /   Thu, January 4, 2018   /  10:22 am
Strategies to raise our geopolitical profile On diplomacy: Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi explains progress of Indonesia's foreign policies in a press statement at the Foreign Ministry office's Pancasila Building in Jakarta on Oct.26. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

Contemporary geopolitical developments have been shaped primarily by two powerful forces. First, the rise of economically successful, illiberal democratic Russia and soft-authoritarian China, with their muscle-flexing in Eastern Europe and the Middle East as well as the South China Sea, has challenged prevailing global narratives on the primacy of liberal democratic ideals. In offering global values that compete directly with the liberal democratic world order, China even poses actively as a champion of “Asian values” on the premises of state responsibility, social stability, trade and growth. As the world’s economic center of gravity shifts to the East, these values could replace United States-driven Western values, economist Danny Quah maintains. Distrust in the West is also increasing toward globalization and regional integration. A 2016 survey by The Economist...

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