The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is at the centre of the international security governance system. Today it must contend with rising geopolitical competition and persistent conflicts in the Middle East, South-Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Indonesia recently announced its intention to run for a non-permanent seat on the UNSC in 2019-20. The country has previously served on the UNSC three times, most recently in 2007-08. The Ambassador reflected upon Indonesia’s time on the Council in 2007-2008, and expounded upon the priorities and foreign policy principles that will inform its activities on the UNSC should it be re-elected as a non-permanent member.

Dr Rizal Sukma is the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Kingdom. He has held this position since 2016. He has worked extensively on issues of Southeast Asian security, ASEAN, Indonesia’s defence and foreign policy, military reform, and the relationship between Islam and politics.

He graduated from Padjajaran University, Bandung, majoring in International Relations, and then did a PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He previously held the position of Executive Director of Study at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia. He is a member of The Board of Advisors of the Institute of Peace and Democracy (IPD) and Bali Democracy Forum (BDF), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.


This event was chaired by Dr Dana Allin, Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs, Editor of Survival, IISS. It took place in the Lee Kuan Yew Conference Room at Arundel House, 6 Temple Place, London WC2R 2PG.

Chair

Dana Allin

Dana H. Allin has been Editor of Survival: Global Politics and Strategy since 1998, with chief responsibility for the bi-monthly journal’s content and style. As IISS Senior Fellow, he writes widely on the strategic challenges of US foreign policy. His articles and book chapters have appeared in the Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, and numerous edited volumes.

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Event details

Thursday 26 October, 5.30–6.30pm
Arundel House, London
Speaker:
Dr Rizal Sukma, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Kingdom
Chair:
Dana Allin, Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs, Editor of Survival, IISS