About Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia

After 27 years in the world of diplomacy, the founder saw that Indonesia’s profile in the international arena had undergone significant changes – whether geo-strategically, politically or economically. Indonesia has not only became a regional force, but also a global player, as seen in the country’s membership of the G20. Indonesia’s strategic environment, national assets, diplomacy agenda and maneuver space continue to grow. In fact, the international impact on the prosperity and progress of the Indonesian people is now far higher than in previous eras, and this trend will only persist.

However, a paradox has risen – on one hand, the surge of Indonesian nationalism has surely increased, yet the spirit of Indonesian internationalism remains limited. There is often a disconnect between the people’s understanding of the world with the actual issues developing in the international world. Symptoms of xenophobia (dislike or fear of people from abroad), paranoia, defensive nationalism and siege mentality can be felt in the nation.

There are still Indonesian students who face international issues with a dogmatic and emotional rhetoric rather than presenting a substantive and cold analysis. This ultimately has led to the lack of thoughts and ideas in the global marketplace originating from Indonesia.

An important thing to note – Indonesia is unlikely to become a giant of Asia and a major power in the 21st century if it still adheres to narrow nationalism and dim internationalism. Indonesia is actually able to draw important lessons from the experience of a series of developing countries, whatever their size, whether large, medium or small. The number has skyrocketed because countries have been able to combine strong nationalism with assertive internationalism. Examples of this would be China, India, South Korea, Turkey, Japan, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Costa Rica, Qatar, Singapore, Brazil, UAE, Mexico, etc.

For this reason, Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) was formed with the aim of developing Indonesian internationalism, making it more entrenched throughout the archipelago, and projecting itself to the rest of the world. FPCI is determined to form a large international relations community with mature and sensitive insights on bilateral, regional and global issues. FPCI aims to be a facilitator that can bring the “world” to the region and simultaneously bring grassroots and regional thoughts to the national and world stage.

Skills and competencies:

Research, analysis, writing, foreign policy enthusiasm, event management,

Intern Duties:

Research:

Researching on China – Indonesia’s bilateral relations with a focus on foreign policy;

Researching on Japan – Indonesia’s bilateral relations;

Researching on Australia’s impact on Indonesia. This research focuses on the two bilateral cooperation, enhanced economic and development partnership, the region’s shared interests, maritime cooperation and Indo-Pacific security;

Researching on the challenges in concluding Regional Cooperation Economic Partnership (RCEP);

Other duties:

Preparing FPCI’s planned visit of ASEAN think tanks to North Korea

Executing the 10x10x10 project. This project aims to determine 10 countries most impactful to Indonesia and 10 countries that Indonesia has most impact on;

Helping the work of the newly established FPCI Research and Analysis. The projects include weekly interview of foreign policy makes;

Media monitoring on Indonesian Foreign Policy;

Helping the whole FPCI team with routine seminars on foreign policy at Bengkel Diplomasi FPCI;

Doing topical research as assigned by Dr. Dino Patti Djalal (Founder);

Writing letters to Ambassadors;

Managing FPCI website;

Hours:

Monday to Friday: 9 am – 5 pm

Office attire requirement:

Semi-formal (e.g. Business attire, collared shirts/ blouses, trousers/long skirt, long dress covering shoulders and knees, batik shirt/ blouse/ dress, closed toe shoes. No t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops)

Location:

Mayapada Tower 1, 19th floor

Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 28

Jakarta Selatan 12920

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