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2018: A year for Indonesia's diplomatic astuteness

Ottawa   /   Wed, January 10, 2018   /  08:31 am
2018: A year for Indonesia's diplomatic astuteness In consultation: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi discuss on the sidelines the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila, the Philippines, on April 29 2017. (Courtesy of the Presidential Office/File)

International relations can be best described as continuum. Diplomatic overtures in the past to deal with challenges will be assessed and evaluated accordingly, both the successful and the contested ones. Foreign service officials will take time to brainstorm, reflect and evaluate the course of action taken in previous years, and will take stock of the most effective overtures in approaching and dealing with challenges. Simply put, it is a cost-effectiveness analysis. Last year, we saw four major international issues that will continue to preoccupy international communities in 2018 and beyond. The issues concern the United States’ prospects for imposing economic restrictions, the Israel-Palestine conflict, the tension across the Korean Peninsula and overlapping claims in the South China Sea. They all have a significant impact on Indonesia’s national interests. In 199...

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