Middle Power Studies Network (MPSN)

In collaboration with Universitas Airlangga, FPCI is creating an international network of experts, think tanks, and foreign policy practitioners from middle power countries. The aim is to promote and spread knowledge on the role of middle powers in international relations and the various strategies they employ in navigating a divided world. We were moved to establish the MPSN the face of the increasing involvement of middle powers in international politics and in resolving global issues. We believe that middle powers have unique characteristics and enjoy strategic advantages in tackling global challenges. We see a trend where middle powers are showing greater interest in contributing to the settlement of global problems. This trend is highly evident in groupings like BRICS and MIKTA.

EVENTS

Launching Event – Public Discussion 1

MPSN Launching was held on Wednesday, 17 May 2023 with the theme “The Role of Middle Powers in a Devided World: What can MIKTA do?”,

Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Founder and Chairman of FPCI, Dr. Yayan Ganda Hayat Mulyana, Head of Foreign Policy Strategy Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Penny Williams, Ambassador of Australia to Indoneisa, H.E. Armando G. Alvarez, Ambassador of Mexico to Indonesia were the speakers of the public discussion, and was moderated by Radityo Dharmaputra, Program Coordinator of Middle Power Studies Network (MPSN). The event was also attended by Türkiye Ambassadors to Indonesia, and was also attended by several other Middle Power country diplomatic crorps.

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Public Discussion 2

MPSN second Public Discussion was held on Wednesday, 31 May 2023 with the theme: “Reflection on Australia’s Foreign Policy under Albanese: Can a Western Middle Power be a Bridge-Builder too?” with Richard Maude, Excecutive Director of Policy at Asia Society Australia as the speaker, and was moderated by Prof. Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Co-Founder of FPCI.

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Virtual Public Discussion 3

MPSN 3rd Public Discussion was held virtually in collaboration with Global Town Hall on Wednesday, 28 July 2023 with the theme “Middle Power’s Perspective on Regional Security and the Rise of Minilateralism” with remarks from Tri Taryat, Dirrector General for Multilateral Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, and with Amb. Hussain Haqqani, Senior Research Fello of Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academi; Director of Hudson Institute; and Ambassador of Pakisrtan to the United States (2008-2011), Amb. Tomasz Lukaszuk, Researcher at Institute of International Relations of the University of Warsaw; Ambassador of Poland to Indonesia (2005-2010); India, Afghanistan (2014-2017), Prof. Muhittin Ataman, Director of Foreign Policy Studies of SETA Foundation; Editor-in-Chief of Insight Turkey, and Alexander M. Hynd, Researcher at the University of New South Wales; Non-Resident James A. Kelly Korea Fellow at the Pacific Forum as the speakers. and was moderated by Novita Rudiany, Lecturer at the Department of International Relations and Head of CARE at Pertamina University.

The public discussion can be rewatched at Sekretariat FPCI’s YouTube Channel through this link https://www.youtube.com/live/BMkWIquJHH0?si=xfIzII-ebaCdPbk3

Virtual Public DIscussion 4

MPSN 5th Public Discussion was held virtually on Monday, 7 August 2023 with the theme “In the Face of Great Power Rivalry: What do Middle Powers Think About the Existing International Order?” with opening remarks from Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Founder and Chairman of FPCI, with Prof. Kuyoun Chung, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science of Kangwon National University, Dr. Jagannath Panda,Head of the Stockholm Center for South Asian and Indo-Pacific Affairs, and Dr. Ahmad Rizky Mardhatillah Umar, Associate Lecturer at the University of Queensland as the speakers, and moderated by Radityo Dharmaputra, Program Coordinator of Middle Power Studies Network (MPSN).

The public discussion can be rewatched at Sekretariat FPCI’s YouTube Channel through this link https://www.youtube.com/live/lb4fH4Sp-uo?si=ke5h5zkmR2tKNcEx