President Joko Widodo Listed in Foreign Policy magazine's 'Top 100 Global Thinkers' 2016

President Joko Widodo Listed in Foreign Policy magazine's 'Top 100 Global Thinkers' 2016
President Joko Widodo © International Business Times

President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, is listed in 'Top 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2016' by Foreign Policy magazine for 'forging a shaky parth toward historical reckoning'. He is in the top list along with, among others, Demoratic Nominee for U.S. President Hillary Clinton, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Foreign Policy Magazine quote:

"In April, the Indonesian government—with the blessing of President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi—participated in a symposium alongside academics, an independent national commission on human rights, and survivors to discuss a topic previously unthinkable for Jakarta: the 1965 military-backed massacres of hundreds of thousands of suspected Communist sympathizers. Shortly thereafter, Jokowi instructed a top official to begin gathering information about reported mass graves. Although some fear the announcement was a shallow attempt to appease human rights groups that have criticized the administration for failing to stand up to military right-wingers, the investigation could prove to be Jokowi’s first step toward a fuller reckoning with Indonesia’s past atrocities."

Notable Facts:

Jokowi is Indonesia’s first president not to come from the political elite or upper ranks of the military. Before entering politics, he sold furniture.

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo gave Jokowi, a die-hard fan of hard rock and heavy metal, a signed bass guitar, which the president handed over to the Corruption Eradication Commission to comply with the law regarding gifts to politicians.

Source : Foreign Policy

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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