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Multilateralism improved, the way forward

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 2, 2018   /  01:05 pm
Multilateralism improved, the way forward In this file photo taken on December 02, 2017 shows a general view of the Philadelphia city center. When US President Donald Trump announced the US exit from the Paris climate deal one year ago on June 1, 2017. (AFP/Eric Baradat)

On Sept. 20, I had the pleasure of attending many of the events of the 2018 conference on Indonesian foreign policy organized this year again by my colleague and friend Dino Patti Djalal, the head of Foreign Policy Community Indonesia (FPCI).

The dynamic and engaging speeches by Dino, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi expressed the legitimate ambitions of Indonesia to play a more important role on the international stage, one that would match its economic strength, its status of the third biggest democracy and the experience of its diplomats.

As for myself, together with my Australian colleague Gary Quinlan, an expert on the United Nations, senior diplomat Michael Tene and Endy Bayuni, former chief editor of The Jakarta Post, I took part in a panel on the future of multilateralism.

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