As both countries join the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as nonpermanent members, we outline a vision of what practicing multilateralism from an Indo-German perspective should entail.
At first glance one might think what an unusual pair: Indonesia and Germany, located on different continents, each with neighborhood problems of their own.
One country shaped by a Christian-Jewish cultural heritage, the other with a long multicultural and religious tradition as well as the tradition of Islam wasathiyah (moderate Islam).
And yet at second glance Germany and Indonesia have a lot in common. They are both large democracies and strategically important countries within their respective regions — in fact, to the extent that others ascribe them a sense of responsibility within their neighborhoods.
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