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Experts say radicalism hampers Indonesia's public diplomacy

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 8 2008   /  10:57 am

Public diplomacy used to introduce Indonesia as a democratic Muslim nation overseas had been hampered by the domestic social crisis with radical groups overshadowing the moderate, a seminar heard recently. Efforts to highlight Indonesia as the largest Muslim-populated nation with third biggest democracy have been undermined with several reports of attacks against religious minorities, the Foreign Ministry's director general for information and public diplomacy, Andri Hadi, told a forum last Friday. "Public diplomacy cannot work with dishonesty. We will never be able to change this image if the reality doesn't improve," said Andri during a public lecture at Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic University, Jakarta. The public lecture was also attended by Dewi Fortuna Anwar, a senior researcher from the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI), and Rizal Sukma, the de...