Despite its importance to U.S. interests, Indonesia is little understood in the United States. And despite the dominance of the United States in world news, not all Indonesians understand the United States.

USINDO was founded in 1994 by Indonesians and Americans who had experience in both countries and who agreed on the need for an organization to focus on expanding mutual understanding.

President Jokowi and President Obama agreed to elevate our bi-lateral partnership to a “Strategic Partnership” during President Jokowi’s visit to the U.S. in October 2015.  They further stated that “recognizing the invaluable contributions of civil society and the private sector to the two democratic countries and their broader relationship, the two Presidents welcome civil society engagement and non-governmental tracks which will be important to the vitality of their Strategic Partnership”. Facilitating such engagement is a core part of USINDO’s mission to help strengthen the U.S.-Indonesia relationship.

 

Our Mission

The mission of the United States-Indonesia Society is to expand mutual understanding in the areas of politics, economics, history, culture, and to strengthen the bilateral relationship. We promote this mission through work with leaders in government and nongovernmental organizations, educators, the media, business, and the general public. We provide timely and accurate information through lectures, conferences and discussions, and promote education through scholarships, legislative exchange, travel grants and educational projects in Indonesia, including forging new linkages between U.S. and Indonesian universities.

Our History

The Society was founded in 1994 by Indonesians and Americans who had experience in both countries and who agreed on the need for an organization to focus on expanding mutual understanding. The Society is incorporated in the District of Columbia and is a tax-exempt charitable and educational organization as described in Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States.

The Society is governed by a Board of Trustees of Americans and Indonesians.