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description Policy analysis public Paramadina Public Policy Institute

@jokowi tweets yet to comprehensively capture his foreign policy

Ika Karlina Idris
Published 19 November 2019

Abstract

Since being elected as Indonesian president in 2014, Joko Widodo is known as an active Twitter user. His @jokowi account, followed by over 12.4 million people has distributed around 2,108 tweets since he opened it in September 2011. He earlier had in place a team that ran his accounts, and he would add his signature, jkw, to any tweet he sent personally for the audience to know. However, it appears that President Widodo has yet to optimally utilize Twitter as one of the foreign policy channels and offer the public an insight into his government’s foreign policy on bilateral matters. As Twitter increasingly becomes a tool to seamlessly engage other countries in a novel way, there is a pressing need for President Widodo and his team to utilize it to intensify bilateral relations.

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