Report on the 12th International Conference of Business, International Relations, and Diplomacy (ICOBIRD 2023)

Jakarta – On Thursday 16 November 2023, the 12th International Conference of Business, International Relations, and Diplomacy (ICOBIRD) was held with the theme “Toward Global IR Debate in Indonesia: Theoretical Conception and Thoughts” which was held online via the Zoom platform. The conference, which was hosted by two HI BINUS student MCs, namely Jenisse Lystin and Gilang Fata Syabana, started at 10 am Western Indonesian time.

Dr. Rangga Aditya, the Chair of the Department of International Relations at Business University, delivered the opening remarks, emphasizing the conference’s focus on diversifying theoretical perspectives in international relations and moving beyond traditional Western paradigms. Opening remarks from BINUS University were also given by Prof Tirta Mursitama as Vice Rector of Collaboration and Global Engagement and Prof Juneman Abraham, as Vice Rector of Research and Technology Transfer.

The session continued with a Keynote Session by Prof. Aleksius Jemadu, professor of IR from Pelita Harapan University, followed by Prof Xu Liping, professor of IR from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The conference itself received an overwhelming response with 58 papers accepted for presentation.

Deepening Understanding of Global IR Debates

In his Keynote Session, Prof Jemadu discussed the need for the Indonesian community of International Relations (IR) scholars to deepen their understanding of global Ir debates and move beyond the idea of the primacy of their distinct historicity and cultural context. He stressed that the current debates on global IR are not deep enough to problematize or interrogate the issue of human equality or emancipation, which should be the starting point of any discussion of the central mission of liberating the non-Western world from cognitive occupation. Prof Jemadu argued that to accomplish this, there is a need to challenge the domination of the philosophy of Nominalism, which has led to the pervasive influence of subjectivism in our understanding of critical issues like human rights and global justice.

Keynote Speech from Prof Aleksius Jemadu, Professor of IR, Pelita Harapan University

He proposed revitalizing the ancient notion of Platonic and Aristotelian Universalism, which looks at human rights as something real, objective, and not a subjective judgment. Prof Jemadu concluded by emphasizing that the first and foremost loyalty should not be to history or culture but to the commonality and objectivity of our humanness, which is our license to use the word ‘humankind’ or ‘human race’.

Philosophical Concepts and Emancipation

Prof Jemadu continues to discuss the philosophical concepts of Nominalism and Universalism and their effects on various philosophical and sociological tasks. He emphasized the importance of embracing the philosophy of Universalism for promoting genuine emancipation and human equality. Prof Jemadu also highlighted the significance of going beyond generalizable propositions to embrace the objectivity of the intrinsic worth of human beings. He illustrated his points with examples of international conflict and the Ukraine-Russia war, emphasizing the need for a common understanding of moral authority to solve subject division.

Philosophical Foundations of IR and Changing International Landscape

Prof Jemadu then discussed the philosophical foundations of international relations, focusing on the ideas of Plato and Aristotle. He emphasized the importance of objective universals and the formal cause of human beings, arguing that these concepts exist independent of and prior to subjective judgments. He also called for a more philosophical search for the objective or intrinsic word of human being in the study of IR. The keynote speech by Professor Xu Liping focused on the changes in the international landscape and the role of Indonesia in regional and global affairs. He highlighted the impact of globalization, the rise of emerging powers, and the development of a mobile, balanced international power structure. He also discussed the pursuit of development and rejuvenation by countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and the increasing influence of these countries in global governance.

Keynote Session from Prof Xu Liping,

Watch the entire Keynote Session here on YouTube.

 IR BINUS Best Thesis Award 2023

Along with the ICOBIRD 2023 conference, the International Relations Department of BINUS University also announced the “IR BINUS Best Thesis Award 2023”. The Best Thesis Award 2023 was an award for Binus International Relations students who finished their thesis during the odd or even semester of 2022/2023 academic year and whose thesis papers were submitted to ICOBIRD 2023. The result was announced after the keynote session of ICOBIRD 2023. Read the complete recap of the winners here.

 Parallel Sessions

After lunch, in the parallel sessions, ICOBIRD 2023 presents a number of sessions that run simultaneously in a number of breakout rooms. In these sessions, the presenters took turns presenting their research and continued with a panel discussion session.

Parallel Session 1A (Global IR)

Moderator: Sukmawani Bela Pertiwi

Presenter: Critical Theory and the Shifting of Learning International Relations in Indonesia (Sonny Sudiar, Virtuous Setyaka, Endriady Edy Abidin)
The Knower, the Known and the Beneficiaries in the Genealogy of the Study of International Relations in Indonesia: A Post-Structuralist View (Aleksius Jemadu)
The Unique Contribution of University of Darussalam Gontor to IR Study (Dwi Ardiyanti, Sofi Mubarok, Hesti Rokhaniyah, Warosatun Khadijah)
The Limits of Culture in the Search for Post[1]Western International Relations Theory: The Case of Chinese Relational Theory (Dian Novikrisna, Andre, Silvio Hermawan, Cyrena Khaira Prasasya, Hardyan)
Javanese Conception of World Order: A Normative IR Theory Beyond the West (Mohamad Rosyidin)
Multipolar Mandala: South Indians and Indonesia Across the Indian Ocean (Nia Deliana)
ASEAN in Global IR: An Indonesian Perspective (I Gede Wahyu Wicaksana, Probo Darono Yakti)
Parallel Session 1B (International Political Economy/IPE)

Moderator: Elisabeth Ermuliana Kembaren

Presenter: The Political Economy of Health Care Reform: A Case Study of Indonesia’s 2023 Omnibus Health Law (Rhevy Adriade Putra, Elisabeth Ermuliana Kembaren, Yosef Dedy Pradipto, Georgius Bryan)
Sustainability of Development Financing in Indonesia: Between Foreign Loan and Foreign Investment (Miranda P. Tahalele, Lili Yulyadi Anarkim)
Reducing the Climate Financing Gap: The Case of Indonesia’s Carbon Economic Value Policy and Green Financing Strategies (Belinda Nur Fadillah, Moch. Faisal Karim)
Financial Regulatory Reform Post Asian Financial Crisis, Balancing Integrity and Innovation: The Cases of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand (Dayu Nirma Amurwanti, Lili Yulyadi Anarkim, Miranda P. Tahalele)
Platform Lending and Financial Inclusion: Political Economy Behind Social Finance of Peer-to-Peer Lending in Indonesia (Dio Rizki Mahendra, Moch. Faisal Karim)
The Role of the Provincial Government of North Sulawesi in Enhancing the Export of Excellent Commodities Through Manado[1]Tokyo (Narita) Direct Flights (Dini Amalia, Eryan Ramadhani)
Analysis of Indonesia-China Trade Relationship (Export-Import) During the Pandemic (2019-2022) (Elisabeth Ermuliana Kembaren, Nadia Patricia)
Developing Organizational Performance Based on Inventory Management Mediated by Procurement Excellence and Competitive Advantage (Hadi Setiadi, Yosef Dedy Pradipto)
Parallel Session 1C (International Political Economy/IPE)

Moderator: Paramitaningrum

Presenter: Analysis of Indonesia’s Micro and Small Industries During the Covid-19 Pandemic from An Industrial Policy Perspective (Elisabeth Ermuliana Kembaren, Rakia Yudhistiranda)
Navigating Business Sustainability Through Dynamic Capabilities: A Holistic Perspective (Harry Mores, Yosef Dedy Pradipto)
Political Economy Strategy of GoTo Group and Ant Group: State Role in the Success and Failure of Startup IPOs (Priska, Moch. Faisal Karim)
The Refocusing of New Developmentalism in Indonesia Through Electric Vehicle Investment Proliferation and Downstream Manufacturing (Nabila Widya Aura Leksono)
Analysis of the Limitation of FoKSBI as a Multi[1]Stakeholder Platform (MSP) in Localizing Sustainability in the Indonesian Palm Oil Sector (Pamela Marcella Chandra, Moch. Faisal Karim)
The Analysis of Bayer’s Strategy in Contributing to Achieve Goal 2: Zero Hunger of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Indonesia (Indah Novita, Galuh Dian Prama Dewi)
China-US in The Crossroad: A Case Study Electric Vehicles Relations (Natasya Jo Vionny)
The Role of Multinational Corporation in Achieving the 2060 Carbon Neutral Target: Case Study of Multinational Corporation in China on China’s Carbon Emission Reduction Effort (Christina Anabel Lay, Rhevy Adriade Putra)
Parallel Session 1D (Security Studies/SEC)

Moderator: Cynthia S. R. Sipahutar

Presenter: Assessing the Ideal Neutral Defense System for Indonesia in the Scenario of Hegemonic War (Juan Bezaliel Supriyanto)
Correlation Of Navy, Regional Security and Transnational Crime in Indonesia (Brigita P. Manohara)
TNI AL International Cooperation as the Implementation of Naval Diplomacy (2014- 2019) (Cyrena Khaira Prasasya, Tangguh Chairil)
Connectivity Analysis on QUAD Member States’ Infrastructure Engagement in ASEAN (Rizky Liberty Siajaya, Dayu Nirma Amurwanti)
Indonesian Government Efforts to Overcome Fisheries Crime: A Case Study of Lobster Larvae Smuggling 2019-2021 (Kharisa Ramadani, Tangguh Chairil)
Transborder Data Flow Principle Inside General Data Protection Regulation (Bambang Pratama, Amanta Artadhia, Dini Adiba Septanti)
Japan’s Security Strategy in the Indo-Pacific Region (Ganesh Aji Wicaksono, Utaryo Santiko, Roberto Masami Prabowo)
Parallel Session 2A (Foreign Policy and Diplomacy/FPD)

Moderator: Miranda P. Tahalele

Presenter: The Role of Panda Diplomacy in the Bilateral Relations Between Indonesia and China After the Year 2017 (Arrivatama Astaputra, Paramitaningrum)
Redefining Indonesia’s Independent and Active Foreign Policy Through the Conception of SSTC and TAN for Development Inclusivity (Tunjung Wijanarka, Ni Nyoman Clara Listya Dewi)
Indonesian Academic View of Indonesia-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership: A Systematic Literature Review (Eryan Ramadhani, Hayati Nufus, Lidya Christin Sinaga)
Analysis of AFF 2022 Competition in the Sport Diplomacy Perspective (Elisabeth Ermuliana Kembaren, Matius Vitakur Putranto)
Academic and Elite: A Comparative Exploration into the Perceptions of IUU Fishing in Southeast Asia (Rania Nasheeta, Curie Maharani Savitri)
Indonesia’s G20 Presidency: Perceiving the Middle Power Status in the G20 (Audrina Rizki Kaluku, Miranda P. Tahalele)
Parallel Session 2B (Foreign Policy and Diplomacy/FPD)

Moderator: Curie Maharani Savitri

Presenter: Indonesia’s Foreign Policy Decision-Making Process on the Russia-Ukraine Conflict in 2022 (Febryanni Halim, Miranda P. Tahalele)
China’s Strategic Narrative Towards Indonesia During COVID-19 Pandemic (Christina Valencia, Eryan Ramadhani)
Comparative Analysis of South Korea’s Cultural Policies during Covid-19 Pandemic (2020-2022) (Elisabeth Ermuliana Kembaren, Annisa Indah Febriani)
China’s Collective Action in the G20: Crises Resolution Process and the Role of Developing Countries (Jehezkiel Axel Jordan, Miranda P. Tahalele)
KOCCA Strategy for Expanding South Korean Cultural Content to Global Audiences Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic (Nindita Windriyani Putri, Roseno Aji Affandi)
The Role of City in Goal-Setting Global Governance of Sustainable Development: A Case Study of Jakarta Provincial Government (Sukmawani Bela Pertiwi)
Parallel Session 2C (Contemporary Issues/CONT)

Moderator: Tia Mariatul Kibtiah

Presenter: Indonesian Public Opinion Towards President Vladimir Putin on Instagram: An Analysis Indonesia’s Foreign Policy to Russia (Tia Mariatul Kibtiah, Fida Amarza, Sabaria Catharin Debora)
The Role of South Korean Media on the Dispute over the Compensation for Wartime Forced Labor during Japanese Annexation (Venesia Novianti, Sukmawani Bela Pertiwi)
The Role of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Protecting the Rights of Korean Minorities in Japan (Tri Indah Lestari, Eryan Ramadhani)
Analysis of Strengthening Cooperation of ASEAN-Korea in Tourism Sector Post New Southern Policy (2017-2021) (Elisabeth Ermuliana Kembaren, Maria Yosephina)
Intention to Visit Ecotourism Village: A perspective of generation Z in Indonesia (Stefanus Rumangkit, Evelyn Hendriana, Yosef Dedy Pradipto)
Escaping the Primate Cities? A Study from Capital Shifting Planning in Southeast Asia, Cases of Putrajaya, Naypyidaw, and Nusantara (Mochamad Alvin Dwiana Qobulsyah)
Parallel Session 2D (Contemporary Issues/CONT)

Moderator: Eryan Ramadhani

Presenter: Indonesia-Fiji Development Cooperation within the South-South Cooperation Framework (2014-2022) (Donald Rayhan Yunazar, Miranda P. Tahalele)
Analysis of Strengthening Cooperation of ASEAN-Korea in Tourism Sector Post New Southern Policy (2017-2021) (Elisabeth Ermuliana Kembaren, Maria Yosephina)
Correlation between International Diplomacy and Accelerating the Energy Transition in Indonesia (Brigita P. Manohara)
Technology Transformation in Fostering Economic Growth: Indonesia’s Response to Digital Postcolonialism (Cynthia S. R. Sipahutar)
The Implementation of International Obligation of Ratification of the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornograraphy (OPSC) in National Law (Ahmad Sofian, Batara Mulia Hasibuan, Alisa Zhafira, Iron Sarara)
Land Control and Acquisition Policy for Housing Development in Indonesia (Erni Herawati, Paulus Aluk Fajar Dwi Santo