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Jakarta Post

Jokowi’s foreign policy: Continuity, new initiatives

  • Siswo Pramono
    Siswo Pramono

    Head of the Policy Analysis and Development Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 29, 2019   /  09:40 am
Jokowi’s foreign policy: Continuity, new initiatives In consultation: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi discuss on the sidelines the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila, the Philippines, on April 29. (Courtesy of the Presidential Office/File)

Public assessment of foreign policy cannot escape the weight of perception. Nonetheless, albeit difficult, it is always important to strike a balance between perception and fact. Kornelius Purba provided a critical perspective on Indonesia’s foreign policy in his article “Jokowi needs powerful foreign minister” (The Jakarta Post, July 19). Previously, the Post published Endy M. Bayuni’s opinion piece titled “ASEAN unites in claiming centrality in Indo-Pacific region”. The endorsement of ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, according to Endy, represented a major diplomatic achievement for Indonesia, something the nation had somehow failed to appreciate. The notion that foreign policy is a reflection of national interests, and hence national needs, remains valid. By law, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is the author of foreign policy. ...

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.