Friday, March 28, 2014, The Habibie Center held Talking ASEAN dialogue for the seventh time. Talking ASEAN held in March 2014 with the theme â € œPemilu 2014: Implications in Indonesian Foreign Policy towards Aseana € ?? The Habibie Center, South Jakarta. This discussion series presents Hayono Isman who is a member of the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission I, Dr. Beginda Pakpahan, Lecturer, Department of International Relations, University of Indonesia, Lina Alexandra, MA, Senior Researcher, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Meidyatama Suryodiningrat, Editor in Chief, The Jakarta Post as guest speaker. These four speakers discussing foreign policy projection forward.

This discussion is particularly relevant, because on April 9, 2014, 20.389 legislative seats will be contested at the local level, provincial, and national, including 692 seats in the House of Regional representation. This would then be followed on Election date July 9, 2014 which determines the President. Election 2014 elections will be seen as a turning point at the same time defining moment for Indonesia. Said to be a turning point because the President will no longer lead the RI for a term which has been running for two periods. Then, elections are also said to be a defining moment for the president, the government, and the new parliament would take over Indonesia as the country with the largest population and the most influential in ASEAN.

During the discussion, one of the panelists, Dr. Beginda Pakpahan, said that Indonesia should maintain the position of foreign policy for active free. Indonesia also should retain the pattern â € ~dynamic equilbriumâ € ™ which is applied in the leadership of Marty Natalegawa in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Indonesia should maintain the activity in ASEAN, particularly on the issue of human rights and democracy in Burma. However, there is a tendency of Indonesian foreign policy will balance the internal consolidation, for example about the readiness of Indonesia the ASEAN Economic Community. Problem consolidation at the internal level is also said by other speakers, namely Lina Alexandra. Lina said, in the future, Indonesia may be more focused on domestic issues rather than foreign issues.

Meanwhile, Hayono Isman, said Indonesia naturally is the leader in ASEAN without having to claim itself as a leader in ASEAN. Indonesia’s leadership was, according to him, has been tested for decades in ASEAN. Another panelist, Meidyatama Suryodiningrat, said that Indonesia’s foreign policy will depend on the appointed Foreign Minister, whether of a political party or professional. Meidyatama said that ministers from among the political parties were the results can be good, as long as supported by the professionals behind nteri.

Is foreign policy future there will be a change? Most sources say foreign policy more forward will continue the previous policy. The spirit of professionalism is also expected by the speakers and participants will color the Indonesian foreign policy in the future. The discussion was attended by over 50 participants from diplomatic circles, academics, students, and also the media. The discussion was opened by the Executive Director of The Habibie Center, Rahimah Abdulrahim, and guided by Ray Hervandi, Associate Fellow of The Habibie Center. Forum dynamic walking with various statements and comments are thrown by the participants during the two-and-answer session.

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