Challenges for Indonesia’s Diplomacy in Israel-Palestine Conflict
INDONESIA STUDIES PROGRAMME WEBINAR
About the Webinar
Palestinian independence has always been an important issue in Indonesian politics. The Government of Indonesia has consistently declared its support for Palestine’s rights towards independence. While most Indonesian public share similar support, their cause for support is different from that of the government, which sometimes creates friction between government and public. It was not until Joko Widodo became President that Indonesia prioritises creating an independent Palestinian state at his top foreign policy agendas. However, until 2021, we have not yet witnessed the establishment of the Independent State of Palestine due to strong opposition from Israel. In addition, Indonesia’s support for Palestinian independence remains the same throughout these years, and no further steps were taken.
This webinar will thus discuss the conduct of Indonesia’s foreign policy in supporting Palestinian independence. It will identify the sources of and debates in Indonesia’s Palestine policy. Understanding those two points will allow us to know the internal limitations of Indonesia’s support towards Palestinian independence. It will also shed light on the politicisation—and recently commodification—of the Palestinian independence issue in Indonesia. This mapping will also allow us to assess the limit of Indonesian diplomacy in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
About the Speaker
Broto Wardoyo is the Head of the Postgraduate Program at the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia. He is also jointly appointed with the School of Strategic and Global Studies, Universitas Indonesia, where he teaches at their Master Program in National Resilience Studies (Strategic Intelligence) and Master Program in Terrorism Studies. He has a PhD in Asia Pacific Studies from National Chengchi University. His research interests range from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, small wars and terrorism, intelligence, military politics, and studies on minority groups in Indonesia. His latest publication was titled ‘Minority in Politics: The Javanese Christian Church and Post-Ahok Politics’.
About the Discussant
Evan Laksmana is a political scientist and senior researcher at the Centre of Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta, Indonesia. He had held various visiting and research positions with institutes such as the National Bureau of Asian Research, Lowy Institute for International Policy and the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His research specialises in military change, civil-military relation and regional security in Indo-Pacific.
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