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The founder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) Dino Patti Djalal revealed that there are four changes to the world order that will occur in 2021. These changes are none other than due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has hit the world.

Dino delivered the FPCI End of Year Statement entitled “Goodbye 2020! 7 Big Things Indonesia Must Get Ready for 2021!” on Friday (18/12/2020).

Through this statement, Dino revealed that 2020 would be a tough year for the whole world due to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. This pandemic shows the loss or lack of leadership, which has caused countries to handle Covid-19 in their own way. “Apart from all this, the world order in 2021 will be different than in 2020,” said Dino as quoted on Monday (21/12/2020).

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1. The Liberal International Order

The liberal international order will appear weaker than it was before the pandemic

“This happens because the United States as the founder and winner of the liberal international order rejects the global situation of Covid-19 and damages multilateral institutions by withdrawing from WHO,” explained Dino.

He also revealed that the US, which is the second largest democracy in the world, is experiencing democratic dysfunction. According to him, this destroys the structure and foundation of the liberal international order.

2. Asia is better than the US
Dino quoted US economist Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. Countries in Asia are considered better than the US in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. It is estimated that by 2021, Asian countries will face positive cases and the number of deaths is less. Economic growth is higher than other countries.

“Asia reached the largest trade agreement in the world and the only major trade agreement signed in 2020 is a regional comprehensive economic partnership [RCEP],” said Dino.

Having the RCEP on schedule in 2020 is already a big achievement, seeing that many diplomacy agendas are delayed and this shows the uniqueness of Asia in the world order.

3. US Leadership Succession
The world order under US President Joe Biden is likely to be different from that of the Donald Trump era.

“We can expect renewed American diplomatic activism and a display of statesmanship from Biden,” said Dino.

However, he predicts Biden’s leadership for the world will be slow. Dino predicts that in the first six months or so, US President Biden will need a lot of federal work in Washington DC.

4. Multilateralism
The former Deputy Foreign Minister confirmed that multilateralism will get a little or a lot of encouragement.

“However, it remains to be seen that countries’ greater political will and diplomatic push and more action to support multilateralism,” said Dino.

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