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Kalla as Mideast peace envoy: Opportunity for Nobel recognition?

  • Niruban Balachandran and William P. Tuchrello

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Jakarta   /   Sat, March 14, 2020   /  03:09 pm
Kalla as Mideast peace envoy: Opportunity for Nobel recognition? Former vice president Jusuf Kalla (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Indonesia has a high-potential, but time-sensitive opportunity to capitalize on its hard-won seats at United Nations Security and Human Rights Councils. The recent announcement of United States President Donald Trump administration’s Mideast peace proposal, fluid domestic politics in the US and Europe, Israeli election uncertainties, and continued internecine Mideast regional rivalries all cry out for a new third-party mediator and bridge-builder between the Israelis and Palestinians. There has been clear disappointment expressed by the 2019 election activists supporting both presidential candidates for significant change, as reflected in President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo’s second-term cabinet choices. However, the choice of including senior opposition figures in Jokowi’s cabinet, as per classic Javanese consensus, offers an opportunity for innovation in fo...

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