Building U.S.-Indonesia Mutual Understanding Since 1994

Briefs

USINDO Jakarta Open Forum: "The Outlook of U.S. Overseas Business in the Asia-Pacific in President Obama's Second Term"

Mr. Steve Okun Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce Mr. Andrew White Managing Director of AmCham Indonesia Mr. John Riady Chairman of the United States-Indonesia Bilateral Committee, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KIKAS-KADIN), Advisor of USINDO In his first term, President Obama intensified the administration’s focus on the Asia-Pacific, including its…

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"Kita Vs. Korupsi" (Us Vs. Corruption)

The United States-Indonesia Society and Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia co-hosted a  A Film Screening and Discussion “Kita Vs. Korupsi”  (Us Vs. Corruption)  with David Timberman Technical Director, Governance and Conflict Practice Areas Management Systems International and Gerald Hyman President, Hills Program on Governance Center for Strategic and International Studies   Thursday, January 10, 2013…

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United States – Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership: Progress and Challenges

Presidents Barack Obama and Yudhoyono signed the Joint Declaration on the Comprehensive Partnership in November 2010 to strengthen ties between the world’s 3rd and 4th largest populated countries. The two presidents then reaffirmed the importance of those expanding ties in November 2011 when they met in Bali, Indonesia. On September 17, 2012, accompanied by senior…

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Adapting to Global Climate Change: The Role and Potential of Indonesia's Marine Resources

On October 15 the United States-Indonesia Society and Partnership for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) welcomed Dr. Indroyono Soesilo to speak about the challenges in coping with global climate change issues in Indonesia, particularly as they relate to the country’s marine resource potential. Dr. Soesilo discussed the Government of Indonesia’s Master Plan to Accelerate the…

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U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is not a new law, yet more and more companies are running afoul of the law. Enacted in 1977, the FCPA requires all companies under United States jurisdiction to provide accounting transparency and imposes sanctions on liable companies and individuals who engage in corrupt practices overseas. In recent years…

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Indonesia's Domestically Driven Growth: Where Will the Jobs Come From?

A recent study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Asia 2050: Realizing the Asian Century, stated that if Asia continues in its current growth trajectory, by 2050 per capita GDP will attain a level similar to Europe today. The study cautions, however, that Asian countries will have to overcome the middle-income trap, a situation that…

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Meeting Environment and Climate Change Challenges in Indonesia: U.S. – Indonesia Cooperation under the Comprehensive Partnership

In 2010, the United States and Indonesia launched a historic Comprehensive Partnership (CP) to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries for the long term. One component of this partnership is a bilateral effort to improve environmental policy and practice in Indonesia. The two presidents stated that they seek a partnership that “fully leverages the…

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Local Governments, Business Interests and Direct Elections: Assessing Two Rounds of Pilkada in Indonesia

Over the last decade, Indonesian democracy has greatly expanded and matured to empower regular Indonesians to cast their votes and choose their own leaders. After 2004, with the introduction of greater regional autonomy, Indonesians have enjoyed direct elections on a district (kabupaten) level. General perceptions on district level government in Indonesia range from being non-transparent,…

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The Impact of an Open-party List System on Incumbency Turnover in Indonesia

The continuing adoption of an open-party list system as the Indonesian electoral system raises an essential question of how it will affect political competitions in the wake of the 2014 elections. Particularly on the evolving concern of incumbency turnover, statistics from the 2009 elections indicate that only 25 percent of the incumbents were re-elected, while…

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