Choosing Indonesian Leaders with World Geopolitics Knowledge

Building the resilience of leaders in Indonesia is a continuous and multidimensional process.

In facing complex dynamics at the national and international levels, leaders who have resilience will be able to overcome challenges, lead wisely, and lead Indonesia towards a better future and of course it will take place in a sustainable manner.

Understanding world geopolitics and geostrategy is an important foundation in building the resilience of leaders in Indonesia.

Prospective leaders must have a deep understanding of the dynamics of international relations and the complexity of global issues.

By understanding geopolitics and geostrategy, they can identify opportunities and challenges in diplomacy, international trade and regional and global cooperation.

Understanding this, Indonesia needs a leader who has a deep understanding of world geopolitics and geostrategy.

This understanding is important in forming the resilience of leaders who are able to face global challenges and lead Indonesia towards a better future.

World geopolitics and the role of Indonesia

Indonesia’s role in world geopolitics is very important and unique. Indonesia is the largest archipelagic country in the world, with more than 17,000 islands stretching between the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean and connecting three major continents, namely Asia, Australia and Europe.

This geographical factor provides a strategic advantage for Indonesia as a trade route and strategic maritime route.

Its geographical position also provides great potential for international trade and diplomatic relations with many countries.

Indonesia’s role in world geopolitics is also reflected in its natural resources. Indonesia has abundant natural wealth such as oil, gas, coal, tin, nickel, and others. These natural resources are valuable assets in international relations and global trade.

Indonesia’s strategic geographical position also makes it an important actor in regional and international issues, such as maritime security, environmental issues, human migration, and regional security.

Apart from having an active role in international organizations such as the United Nations (UN), ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), G20, and others.

Therefore, an understanding of world geopolitics is important for Indonesian leaders in formulating effective foreign policies and diplomatic strategies.

Leaders must be able to identify opportunities and challenges in bilateral and multilateral relations, and take advantage of Indonesia’s geographical position to increase its role and influence at the international level.

In the context of world geopolitics, Indonesia must also maintain neutrality and independence in foreign policy, and make wise decisions in dealing with competing global interests.

Indonesian leaders must be able to create balanced relations with major and neighboring countries, and play an active role in global issues such as climate change, peace and international security.

Geostrategy and National Interests’ Development

Geostrategy is a concept that relates to the use of a country’s geographical position to achieve national political and security goals.

In the context of geopolitics, geostrategy plays a crucial role in shaping a country’s foreign, security and defense policies.

The development of national interests involves strategies to maintain and enhance the interests and security of the state in the international arena.

This concept emphasizes the importance of utilizing strategic geographical position to influence political, economic and security dynamics.

In the context of geostrategy, factors such as maritime location, borders, resource areas, and access to trade routes are important elements in formulating national policies.

Thus, in the context of developing national interests, it covers all aspects that are priorities. This includes economic, political, social, security, environmental and other aspects.

So geostrategy is a “way” to help countries identify and set national interest priorities – based on an analysis of their geographical position.

At the same time, geostrategy also enables countries to utilize their regional potential optimally.

Countries that have strategic maritime locations, for example, can develop effective maritime policies to improve maritime security and exploit the economic potential of the sea.

Also, geostrategy plays an important role in planning national security and defense. Countries must understand the potential threats that can arise from their geographical position and take appropriate steps to deal with them.

This involves military strategy, increasing defense capabilities, and cooperating with other countries on security issues.

Building resilience of leaders in Indonesia

Building the resilience of leaders in Indonesia is crucial in facing complex challenges and dynamics of political, economic, social and environmental developments that continue to evolve.

Leader resilience includes the ability to deal with unexpected changes, overcome crises, and ability to lead wisely and effectively.

Leaders must have an in-depth understanding of world geopolitics and geostrategy in order to be able to adopt appropriate foreign policies, take advantage of Indonesia’s potential geographical position, and enhance Indonesia’s role and influence in the international arena.

Leader resilience also includes the ability to deal with rapid changes and uncertainties that may occur, as well as being able to plan and take strategic steps in dealing with them.

At the same time it is to build competencies and skills, so that resilience building which includes communication skills, transformational leadership, decision making, and adaptability – is presented clearly.

In addition to growing awareness of global challenges and pressing issues such as climate change, poverty, pandemics and other pressing issues, as well as the ability to take action in dealing with them.

Also, qualified for understanding the problems faced by the community, as well as paying attention to the aspirations and needs of the people in formulating development policies and programs.

In this regard, the development of leader resilience includes a commitment to sustainable economic, social and environmental development in order to realize inclusive growth and have a positive impact on the people of Indonesia and the world.

(Prof. Dr. Ermaya Suradinata, SH, MH, MS, is the former Director General of Social and Politics of the Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs, Chancellor of IPDN, and former Governor of Lemhannas RI.)