Vol. I No. 6 | August 2020

Annisa D. Amalia (Lecturer, Department of International Relations, Universitas Indonesia)
Hariyadi Wirawan (Senior Lecturer, Department of International Relations, Universitas Indonesia)
Nara Masista Rakhmatia (Diplomat, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia in Geneva, Switzerland)

Despite the success of multilateral diplomacy to raise a global concern over human security, the
principle of state’s sovereignty often clashes with the idea and practice of people-centred
security itself—whereby state does not only act as an impediment but also threat to the security
of their people. Multilateral diplomacy, on one hand, provides opportunity for international
actors to continuously contest and reconstruct ideas of human security, yet whether discursive
power of multilateral diplomacy can actually protect human security remains an open question.

Keywords: international cooperation, discursive power, multilateral diplomacy, narratives,