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Jakarta Post

A post-ASEAN foreign policy for a post-G8 world

  • Rizal Sukma

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 5 2009   /  01:25 pm

It has long been predicted that international relations in the 21st century will differ from those in the 20th century. And recently, that prediction has taken a step closer to reality, when leaders of the G20, meeting in Pittsburgh in the US, agreed to elevate the forum into a more strategic level, signaling an end to a world order dominated by eight industrialized nations (the G8). The fate and future shape of global politics are now increasingly defined by both developed and developing countries. We are now entering a G20 world order. As a member of the G20, Indonesia is part of that strategic transformation. This is an opportunity too valuable to be missed. It opens up a whole new range of possibilities for our efforts in redefining our place within the international community. It reinforces the question of whether the current foreign policy format, which still treats South...