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Jakarta Post

Peacekeeping and Indonesian military diplomacy

  • Frega Ferdinand Wenas Inkiriwang and Felix Lumban Tobing


Jakarta   /   Mon, April 22, 2019   /  12:40 pm
Peacekeeping and Indonesian military diplomacy All set: Personnel of the Banteng Raider Infantry Battalion (Yonif Raider) at the 4th Regional Military Command (Kodam IV) Diponegoro in Semarang, Central Java, attend a ceremony on Friday to mark their official dispatch for a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. (JP/Suherdjoko)

Peacekeeping missions are one of the responsibilities of the Indonesian Military (TNI), according to TNI Law No. 34/2004 and the Constitution, which mandates that Indonesia should contribute to establishing world peace and security. Since the 1950s, Indonesia has participated in various peacekeeping missions under the United Nations. The Indonesian peacekeeping force was later called the Garuda Contingent. There was a period when the Garuda Contingent was not deployed in war-affected zones until Indonesia joined the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in 2006. With the strategic vision of having 4,000 peacekeepers deployed all over the world, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration has continued a policy adopted by his predecessor, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Under Yudhoyono, Indonesia established a world-class Peacekeeping Center, which has trained p...

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