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Navigating MIKTA group to cross-regionalism

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 21, 2018   /  01:26 pm
Navigating MIKTA group to cross-regionalism Indonesian peacekeepers with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) prepare to leave their base for a patrol near Al-Taybe, South Lebanon, 28 August 2009. In 2006, UNIFIL expanded its deployment to Southern Lebanon, a high-tension area near the Lebanon-Israel border (also known as the Blue Line), when the two countries resumed hostilities. (UN Photo/Pasqual Gorriz)

The year 2018 will be yet another crucial period for Indonesia, especially in its relations with other countries as well as regional and international entities. One agenda this year is Indonesia’s coordinatorship of Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia (MIKTA). Since its establishment in New York in September 2013 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, MIKTA has gradually gained importance not only within multilateral frameworks such as the United Nations and G-20, but also within the bilateral context of its respective member countries. There are some reasons why MIKTA is pertinent to Indonesia as well as to present international relations. First, while relations and cooperation among nations have been shaped primarily by bilateralism, regionalism and inter-regionalism, as well as multilateralism, the founding of MIKTA has injected cross-region...

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