Overcoming Pandemic Legacies: Indonesia-China Strong Cooperation is Eminently Needed

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By Noto Suoneto and Alvin Ernesto

Indonesia should think some strategic cooperation with China in facing displeasing legacies caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state of Indonesia-China relationship now is in a good degree. Despite having many common interests and recent progress in pushing the relationship move forward, China-Indonesia relations are limited to domestic-driven factors. It is very much affected by the factors that are inherent to our historical baggage such as communism.

The deepened relations with Beijing by our leaders are also politically hindered by the rising negative perceptions of…

How can South Korea strategically use the present time to strengthen its ties with Indonesia?

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COVID-19 pandemic has not only given the profound impacts on the global economy and politics, but it has also brought up more dramatic escalation to the U.S. -China rivalry. The inflaming tension between these major powers has revealed the cracks of foreign policy stances of many countries. The blaming game of the Western nations with China has reshaped our geopolitical map. …

US President Donald Trump, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Nearly 2.5 million people worldwide have infected by the new coronavirus listed today. People have been worrying much about when will this COVID-19 pandemic ended. The impact of this unprecedented pandemic is not only shaking the global economy but also the geopolitical constellation around the world. Experts have been saying that the world order will not be changed after this pandemic. Others also projected that the competition among global major powers remained the same.

Prof. Amitav Acharya, a world top foreign policy expert from American University in Washington DC argued several interesting points in the article titled “How Coronavirus May…


By the time I am writing this, more than 2 million people worldwide have been infected by the new coronavirus. Hopefully, the situation is getting better in the foreseeable future. This time, I want to discuss the ASEAN +3 (Japan, Korea, and China) Virtual Summit who has just happened recently. The Summit was hosted by Vietnam as the Chairman of ASEAN this year in 2020. …


2. Lack of coordination between the central government and local government

As we all know, the decentralization system in Indonesia has allowed local leaders to have more authority in their region and to do what they think necessary for their populations. Before the COVID-19 Mitigation Task Force is established, the local governments from many cities in Indonesia take their own approaches and measures in responding to the coronavirus cases. One case I can tell was the announcement of the first death caused by the coronavirus in Indonesia.

The central government announced the first case is a foreigner and signed as…

President Jokowi give a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic https://jakartaglobe.id/news/jokowi-urges-indonesians-to-stay-home

Today, more than 1,1 million people worldwide have been infected by the coronavirus. This global health crisis has not only disrupted the global economy and given geopolitical consequences but also has started to attack the domestic politics especially in democratic nations all around the world. There have been debates on the effectiveness of the authoritarian system compare to democracy in handling the impact of COVID-19.

As M. Taufiqurrahman stated in Jakarta Post on March 30, even on the established democracies, the threat of the coronavirus has allowed political leaders to indulge their authoritarian tendencies.

G20 leaders during the Virtual Leaders Summit 2020. Photo from www.commondreams.org

G20 Virtual Leaders Summit: A hope amidst the crisis of global cooperation in fighting the coronavirus

Today is an unprecedented reality where more than 190 countries in the world affected by the new coronavirus also officially known as COVID-19. The time when this article is written, approximately 590.000 people are positively diagnosed from the entire globe infected by this virus. The coronavirus outbreak is not only disrupting the global economy, supply chains, international mobilization until how people’s work and life, but also laying down a big question on the lack of global cooperation in fighting this coronavirus.

From the early…


Tulisan ini dibuat pada hari ke-5 dimana “work from home” dijalankan untuk mencegah penyebaran coronavirus yang lebih luas di Indonesia. Sudah cukup lama saya tidak melanjutkan pembahasan karya dari Steven Levitsky dan Daniel Ziblatt “How Democracies Die”. Kali ini, saya ingin mengembangkan apa yang ditulis oleh mereka di chapter 5 buku tersebut, yaitu pagar demokrasi.

Penulis memulai dengan menjelaskan bagaimana konstitusi AS dan lembaga2 politik di AS berhasil memagari demokrasi sehingga bisa berjalan secara baik di Amerika Serikat.

Sistem konstitusional AS dirancang untuk mencegah pemimpin mengonsentrasikan dan menyalahgunakan kekuasaan dengan berisi sistem pengawasan dan perimbangan yang kuat.

Contoh nyata adalah…

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Demokrasi saat ini, apakah dalam bahaya? ( Membahas“How Democracies Die”- Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt)

Beberapa waktu ini, saya memiliki perasaan penasaran yang sangat tinggi terhadap apa yang terjadi di negara-negara demokrasi di dunia. Kita bisa melihat apa yang terjadi di Hong Kong, Amerika Serikat, Perancis, Malaysia dan sebagainya. Indonesia? tentu saja, terlebih kita baru saja mengadakan pesta politik terbesar di negeri ini, pemilihan umum yang menjadikan Presiden Joko Widodo terpilih kembali menjadi orang no.1 di negeri ini. Melalui pertarungan politik dimana masyarakat terpolarisasi.

Hal yang menjadi pertanyaan besar saya adalah sebenarnya apa sistem demokrasi yang dicita-citakan oleh negeri ini? kita selalu mengklaim bahwa kita dalam proses…

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Indonesia and South Korea: Progress Towards a Robust Partnership

It has always been interesting to see how Indonesia and South Korea as two middle powers in Asia elevate its position in international affairs and advance their bilateral relations. President Jokowi of Indonesia who has just been announced to be re-elected as the ruling government for the next period is being questioned on what would be his foreign policy direction in upcoming second term as President. However, many have predicted that Jokowi’s priorities will not depart drastically than those during his previous term. …

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