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Jakarta Post

RI as a new middle power?

Bandung   ●   Fri, February 5 2010

It is quite interesting to read in Santo's article on Indonesia "A new *middle' power" (The Jakarta Post, Oct. 31, 2009) that Indonesia has been acknowledged as a new middle power in these bewildering global politics.

However, this acknowledgement has been perceived as a challenge for Indonesia; whether it can rise as a new middle power or become, on the contrary, a new semi-failed state.

In this context, it is crucial to understand what we mean by middle power. It is important because the label of middle power is pertinent to the ability of a nation-state to make projections of its diplomatic and security activities in both the domestic and international environment.

We should bear in mind that there is no clear agreed definition of a middle power and middle-power diplomacy.

The term has been used variously to describe geographic, material, normative ...

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