Indonesia’s new ‘foreign-policy president’

Prabowo meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the recent Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. — Reuters

WHEN Prabowo Subianto takes over as Indonesia’s eighth president in October, we can look forward to a leader who is going to be much more active and engaged in foreign policy, one who will find the time and take the trouble to attend major international summits and conferences, and one who will travel the world over not only representing the country but also in pursuit of national interests through international engagements.

The man he replaces, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, president since 2014, has been more focused on the domestic agenda and has shunned many international conferences. He never once attended the United Nations General Assembly, though he once addressed it online, and never travelled to Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Forum, a prestigious annual event that gives world leaders the chance to present their economic vision and policies.

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