We Expected More Surprises, Mr. President

President Joko Widodo addressed the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
  • He calls for cooperation in producing and distributing vaccines to all nations around the world.
  • He calls out the US and China for their deepening rivalry (not by name).
  • He reiterates his support for Palestine.
  • He mentions the Indo-Pacific cooperation.
  • He calls for the UN reform.

Palestine and the Middle East Peace Deal

We knew that Indonesia always supports the cause of the Palestinian people. What is new in the Middle East region is the US-brokered peace deal.

UN Reform and India’s Quest for A Seat at UNSC

The president, as we know, said something about UN reform. But there was no specifics. Indonesia has just ended its UNSC presidency, which lasted for a month on August 2020. Indonesia has been a non-permanent member at the UNSC for almost two years, since the beginning of 2019, a term that will end by the end of this year.

ASEAN, Indo-Pacific Cooperation, and the Global Maritime Fulcrum

True, the president mentioned ASEAN twice in his speech, mentioned Indo-Pacific region once, and mentioned the ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific once. But for an outsider who does not know about ASEAN or ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific, what would the mentions do?

A Humble Thought

The president’s debut at the UNGA might not impress us and might not meet our expectations. But at least, he finally wants to pay a little bit more attention to the UNGA. The president has been historically active in participating in G20, APEC, and ASEAN summits with a very limited number of absence from those summits. This year, finally the president wants to address the UNGA.



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Angelo Wijaya

Angelo Wijaya

International Relations enthusiast