Building U.S.-Indonesia Mutual Understanding Since 1994

Briefs

Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Indonesia: Adapting to a Changed Threat

Many changes have occurred in the leadership structure of terrorist activities in Indonesia since the incidence of the 2002 Bali bombing, the twin bombing of Marriott and Ritz-Carlton in 2009, and other attacks. These include both the perceived structural changes and the degree of fragmentation in the terrorist movement. As such, measures to counter radicalization…

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Indonesia: 2014 and Beyond

Indonesia has been persistent in its long and unrelenting search for a political-economic system that can effectively integrate and accommodate the diversity of the nation, giving power to both the center and the regions, as well as allowing for popular participation. Its successful transition into a stable and peaceful democracy has led many observers to consider…

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Democracy and Governance in Indonesia: Four Views

Indonesia’s macro economic performance has been very impressive in recent years, and Indonesia’s political system has undergone profound transformation. Despite the successes, some economic and political challenges remain.  Therefore, persistent and consolidated efforts to address these challenges are required to sustainIndonesia’s democratic transition. On September 21, 2011 USINDO and the World Bank hosted an Open…

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Re-engaging with Indonesia: The Peace Corps

On June 16th, USINDO hosted a Special Event with Peace Corps Director, Aaron Williams. The Peace Corps was initiated in 1960 by President Kennedy. By the summer of 1961, programs in Ghana and Tanzania had been established. The program continues to be a 27-month commitment, but today training is in-country instead of at university campuses.…

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Indonesia's Maritime and Coastal Resources: Challenges and Opportunities

On May 11th, USINDO hosted Dr. James McVey, former Chief Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Michael Abbey, NOAA Fisheries Lead for Technical Capacity Building in Asia-Pacific for an Open Forum on maritime challenges and opportunities in Indonesia. Abbey opened the forum by outlining NOAA’s mandate and role in Indonesia. NOAA…

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Facebook Nation: The Politics and Culture of Social Media in Indonesia

On March 7th, USINDO hosted an open forum with Dr. Merlyna Lim on the politics and culture of social media in Indonesia. Lim began with a brief background on political activism and social media in Indonesia. Currently, there are over 35 million Facebook users in Indonesia, making it the second largest country of Facebook users.…

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Developing Indonesia's Alternative Energy: Policy and Practical Implications

On February 25th, USINDO hosted an open forum with Arian Ardie of Terrasys Energy to discuss renewable energy development in Indonesia. Despite being the largest economy in ASEAN, Indonesia still has one of the lowest per capita consumption rates of electricity in the region, consuming only 55.3 megawatts per year.  Recurring blackouts continue to plague…

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