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Geopolitics and geoeconomics in SE Asia: What is RI’s position?

  • Beginda Pakpahan

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 5 2012   /  09:44 am

Geopolitics and geoeconomics in Southeast Asia are changing faster than ever across the whole region, while the global importance of internal Southeast Asia affairs continues to expand. The two issues of the South China Sea and the proliferation of trade partnerships are at the center of the attention of regional and global players.

What is Indonesia’s position with regard to these two matters? How can we anticipate Indonesia’s response to developments in the region? To what extent could, or should, Indonesia develop or strengthen its position?

It is my opinion that Indonesia should be at the center of contemporary geopolitics and geoeconomics in Southeast Asia, strengthening its capacity and capability to act as a non-aligned stabilizer and as a major, if not the major, player throughout ASEAN.

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