Asumsi dari studi hubungan internasional adalah bahwa potensi bahaya itu [konflik, perlombaan senjata – ed.] bisa dikurangi dan kemungkinan untuk menciptakan perdamaian bisa ditingkatkan, asalkan umat manusia mau melakukan sesuatu demi tujuan itu. […] Pengkaji ilmu hubungan internasional sangat merasakan mendesaknya kebutuhan untuk berbuat sesuatu demi menghindari perang dan meningkatkan perdamaian.
– Mohtar Mas’oed (1994: 28).
Hans Morgenthau’s famous work Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, here in its English sixth edition (1985) and Indonesian translation.
When I was working on my undergraduate thesis, one of the key concepts that I attempted to define was “Asia-Pacific.” Indeed, this is more than just a name of a region. There are different ways to define this region, and indeed, there are different names used in reference to this very same region. On this post, I will mention some of the definitions that I manage to gather, just to give a comparison on how defining one region may be very different (a form of construction, maybe?).
Continue reading Asia-Pacific: Defining a Region
International Relations has not been very kind to Indonesia lately.
This article, written by no less than my professor (and my thesis advisor) highlights one of the latest problem to Indonesia’s ‘a million friends, zero enemies‘ foreign policy. To add more insult, the problem happens to one of Indonesia’s closest friends: Singapore. In many respects, both countries have excellent relations, not to measure both countries’ status as founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a fact well-known to many.
Continue reading For Indonesia, Maintaining Zero Enemies is Harder Than You Think
Basically, I’ve been reading a number of references for the study of International Relations (IR) and IR theories for the past few days. And in these same few days I’ve discovered a lot of things I previously didn’t know about Realism – practically the dominant theory of IR – and sort of ‘converting’ me back to being a realist.
Continue reading After thoughts: What I didn’t know about Realism