Building U.S.-Indonesia Mutual Understanding Since 1994

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Recent Burmese Progress Toward Democracy: How Permanent?

Since late 2011, Burma has embarked on a rapid and wide-ranging program of political and economic reforms. These have encompassed electoral reforms, the release of hundreds of political prisoners, increased labor and media freedoms, inclusive peace-talks with diverse ethnic groups, and changes to currency and foreign investment rules. The holding of by-elections recently in April…

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Special Open Forum Panel Discussion: The Indonesia – U.S. Caucus of Indonesia's Legislature: How it Views its Roles in Indonesia's Democracy and Foreign Policy

Indonesia’s democratic consolidation has led to the transformation of its national legislature (DPR RI) into a more functional and powerful legislative branch of the government. The DPR RI has recently re-launched its Indonesia-United States Caucus (DPR RI Indonesia – U.S. Caucus) and is seeking to play an important role as part of the increasingly developed…

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Journalism and Islamic Values

The Indonesian reformasi era ushered in a more vibrant, independent press that has contributed significantly to the nation’s democratic deepening over the last two and a half decades.  Although challenges to a truly free press remain, the Indonesian press has become an influential fourth pillar of democracy, rendering it critical in fighting corruption, forming public…

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“Expanding and Strengthening the U.S.-Indonesia Security Partnership: The Military Education Component

An Open Forum with: Prof. Dr. Juwono Sudarsono Professor of International Relations at the University of Indonesia; Former Indonesian Defense Minister (1999-2000 and 2004-2009); USINDO Advisor Dr. Michael S. Malley Professor at the Center for Contemporary Conflict and Department of National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval Post-Graduate School Prof. Dr. Sri Hartati Suradijono Vice Rector for Academic and Student…

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Higher Education as an Instrument for Structural Change in Indonesia

On March 16th, USINDO hosted an Open Forum on higher education in Indonesia with Dr. Anies Baswedan as special guest speaker.  USINDO Co-Chair Emeritus Ed Masters moderated the event. When Dr. Baswedan asks his students to name Indonesia’s most important asset, it is often the nation’s natural resources that are named.  Rarely has a student…

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Indonesia: Middle Income Country in Transition

On February 29, 2012, USINDO hosted a Special Open Forum with the World Bank Managing Director, Sri Mulyani Indrawati. Indonesia is gaining prominence as an emerging market economy, a rising democracy, and an emerging power with global influence. Despite its not yet being a member of the BRICS group, it is considered one of the…

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Indonesia’s Military Transformation: Beyond Democratic Reforms

The role of the armed forces in Indonesia’s politics has undergone significant transformation in the country’s transition to democracy. During the Suharto era, as prescribed in the then “Dual Function” doctrine, the armed forces played a key role in maintaining law, order, and stability, and were deeply involved in governance. The fall of Suharto’s New…

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The Transformation of Indonesia's Legislature: Increased Role, Remaining Challenges

Moving from what many saw as a “rubber stamp” during much of Indonesia’s authoritarian past, Indonesia’s legislature (DPR) in Indonesia’s democracy era has transformed itself and emerged as a functional legislative branch of the state. Following the 1999-2002 amendments, the constitution now stipulates that the power of legislation is no longer in the hand of…

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Indonesia toward 2014: The View from Golkar

Attention is increasingly focusing toward 2014, when Indonesia conducts elections for a new president.  The run-up period to the elections is already under way, and there is heightened interest by Indonesians, as well as by Americans who follow Indonesia, in the contending parties and their positions.  Our Open Forum series provides a deeper understanding of…

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