There have been many changes taking place in different parts of the world in the last two decades. Either nationally or regionally, those events do not only indicate signs of changes, but more than that, many believe they also give (might) influence to the relations among nations as well as the presence of various degree of crisis among them.
Many wonder what might be the roots of the problem are, that have caused either new or the on-going crisis. In certain areas of Central Africa, in the Gulf and the Middle-East, in Central Asia, South-East and East Asia, in South Pacific, in Great Britain and Europe, many try to find and exchange informations in order to understand the nature of the problems accurately.
When nations and their individual national government are commonly looking for a more harmonious in their international relation, it is a usual practice that they are also trying to seek and develop a better knowledge and understanding about each other. It is their endeavor to have and maintain best informations on what is actually taking place and why; what really the government policy of a country is, as well as the views of their prominent individuals; views and positions of other nations in the respective region and any other possible foreseeable trends. The same also applies when that comes to the US. Many are curious of the direction of the newly elected government, and how it would give impact on its international relations.
Aside from the above points, there have been some issues which in current international settings have for some decades known as “common denominators”, such as climate change and Human Rights. Those have long been acknowledged and give experience as source of frictions between and among nations. Despite of the existing new agreements, its implementation is often hindered by the different approaches that resulted from different national interests.
The above ample pictures lead us to a view of how really important and profoundly a great need for us not only to have better and mutual understanding on so many ideas, objectives and attitudes with its background reasons in current international relations, and after all, how to deal with them in such a changing world.
As an institution for geopolitical studies, The National Resilience Institute of The Republic of Indonesia/ Lembaga Ketahanan Nasional Republik Indonesia (LEMHANNAS RI) is planning to host an international discussions and exchange of views among prominent experts on the above issues in a 2017 Geopolitics Forum.
Having been preparing since the beginning of 2016, this initiative is expected to provide opportunity for geopolitical practitioners, professionals, and academicians, to share their ideas and exchange views on that strategic subject.