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Jakarta Post

Unraveling foreign policy of second term

  • Darmansjah Djumala


Vienna   /   Mon, July 8, 2019   /  09:31 am
Unraveling foreign policy of second term Exchanging views: Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai (left) speaks with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (second right), who is accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi (right), at the Presidential Palace. (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

As in the 2014 race, incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo carved out an image of being “sovereign, self-reliant and distinctive” in his platform for his reelection bid in 2019. Those three words emulated founding president Sukarno’s doctrine of Trisakti, which comprised three basic values of nation-building, namely “political sovereignty, economic self-reliance and distinctive socialcultural characteristics”. Since they are clearly outlined in the vision-mission statement of the Jokowi administration for its second term, the three words should serve as guiding principles in conducting national policies, including foreign policy. The embodiment of those ideals should all come down to one notion: independence or self-reliance. The crucial question is how to articulate independence or self-reliance in Jokowi’s future foreign pol...

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