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Between perceptions and realities of Australian-Indonesian attitudes: a view from Indonesia

September 1st, 2016 · No Comments

According to a new survey of Australian and Indonesian perceptions, Indonesians feel they understand Australia quite well, while few Australians feel they have good knowledge about Indonesia.

The recent survey by research firm EY Sweeney on behalf of the Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC) shows 74% of Indonesian respondents feel they have good or moderate understanding of Australia. Additionally, 87% feel favourable towards Australia.

In contrast, only 53% of Australian respondents feel they have good or moderate knowledge about Indonesia. Only 43% of Australians feel favourable towards Indonesia. Keep reading →

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Brexit di ASEAN, Mungkinkah?

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

Keputusan Inggris untuk keluar dari Uni Eropa memantik pertanyaan spesifik tentang relevansi regionalisme dalam hubungan antarnegara: apakah fenomena Brexit dapat terjadi di organisasi regional lainnya?.

Pertanyaan tersebut terjawab samar dengan fenomena pertumbuhan regionalisme terbuka dalam dua abad terakhir. Negara tidak lagi menjadikan kesamaan kawasan dan identitas sebagai dasar tunggal mengatur pola interaksi antarnegara. Uni Eropa, misalnya, dinilai belum menunjukkan manfaat optimal dan mampu memenuhi kepentingan ekonomi semua negara anggota. Hasilnya, muncul pola hubungan antarnegara yang lebih kompleks dan terbuka. Kelompok G-20, APEC, hingga Trans Pacific Partnership menjadi simbol harapan negara melihat regionalisme di masa depan.

Lalu, mungkinkah ASEAN menghadapi fenomena Brexit di masa mendatang?. Dalam globalisasi yang menempatkan interaksi antarnegara semakin nirbatas, risiko ini sangat mungkin terjadi, setidaknya karena beberapa faktor. Keep reading →

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Mengharapkan Kevin Rudd 2.0

June 25th, 2013 · No Comments

Setelah sempat digantikan Julia Gillard sejak 24 Juni 2010, kaukus Partai Buruh Australia pada 26/06 lalu memutuskan Kevin Rudd untuk kembali menjabat sebagai Perdana Menteri Australia. Kemenangan Rudd diharapkan sebagai titik balik Partai Buruh untuk memperbaiki popularitas partai yang dalam beberapa bulan terakhir semakin terpuruk akibat kegaduhan internal Partai menjelang pemilu pada September mendatang.

Kembalinya Rudd sebagai Perdana Menteri berimplikasi pada politik domestik dan politik luar negeri Australia. Pada level politik domestik, kemenangan Rudd dimaknai sebagai solusi atas permasalahan faksi politik dalam Partai Buruh yang selama ini mengganggu kinerja pemerintahan. Komitmen Gillard untuk tidak mencalonkan kembali sebagai anggota parlemen dalam pemilu mendatang akan mengunci fokus Partai Buruh untuk melakukan optimalisasi kinerja hingga pemilu tahun ini berlangsung. Keep reading →

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Indonesia: paving the way for a new trade strategy?

February 22nd, 2013 · Comments Off on Indonesia: paving the way for a new trade strategy?

The plan to form a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between Indonesia and Nigeria as a response to the trade volume growth between both countries over the last decade has prompted question about the Indonesia’s trade strategy. It is clear that the Indonesia-Nigeria PTA plan has largely driven by economic gains at the aggregate level (ANTARA: Indonesia dorong Nigeria seimbangkan nilai perdagangan).

This plan, however, is at odds with the motivations of Indonesia in some pre-existing PTAs, both in bilateral, multilateral and plurilateral (narrower group of signatories) level, which include Indonesia-Japan (IJ-EPA), ASEAN-China, ASEAN-FTA (CEPT-AFTA), ASEAN-Korea, ASEAN-India and ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand. These PTAs were much largely driven by non-economic considerations that to some extents remain unclear. Keep reading →

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Australia and the Asia-Pacific region

August 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region

It has been always noteworthy to examine about the relations between Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. In the last few decades, Australia has indicated that the Asia-Pacific region is one of the priorities in its foreign and trade policy, through which Australia has been attempting to shape a close relationship with key countries in the region.

Over the years, the Australia's reputation in the Asia-Pacific region has been remarkably grown. It is important to note that Australia has evidently demonstrated its growing and proactive contribution to the region. The emergence of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the notable contribution of Australia in the regional institutions such as the East Asia Summit and the ASEAN Regional Forum have become some of prominent examples to depict the commitment of Australia to establish a sustainable regional engagement. Keep reading →

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