Recently, I noticed that several International Relations (IR) lecturers from both private and public universities in Jakarta have been holding workshops and discussions about the possibility of formulating (or constructing?) an ‘Indonesian School’ of IR. I’m in no way involved in the process so I have no idea what is really happening inside those meetings. And I’ve only managed to get glimpses of their topics and agenda from their invitations and announcements on facebook.
That said, while I find the idea of having a national-based school of IR (much like the English School, for example) intuitively appealing, my own experience back home suggests that these Indonesian IR scholars should be cautious in moving ahead. Here are six cautionary notes they should consider and address before sketching an Indonesian IR school.