Building U.S.-Indonesia Mutual Understanding Since 1994

Briefs

EMERGING INDONESIA: Development and Democracy in Southeast Asia's Largest Middle Income Country

A Special Event with: Introduction: Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director, The World Bank Chair: Stefan Koeberle, Indonesia Country Director, The World Bank Panelists: Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Ambassador, Republic of Indonesia Amb. David Merrill, President, US-Indonesia Society (USINDO) Prof. William Liddle, Political Science Dept., Ohio State University Endy Bayuni, Fellow, East-West Center Shubham Chauduri, Lead…

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Ensuring Delivery of Government Development Programs – The View from UKP4

On January, 20, 2011, USINDO hosted a Special Event titled “Ensuring Delivery of Government Development Programs – The View from UKP4” with Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto. Dr. Mangkusubroto underscored the importance of the USINDO Special Event as a way to foster understanding of the Indonesian government’s challenges in implementing and monitoring development programs. He is the…

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Indonesia's Political Scene in 2011 from the Perspective of Golkar

On January 4th, USINDO hosted an Open Forum on political development in Indonesia in the coming year with Pak Theo Sambuaga, Vice General Chairman of the Golkar Party. Pak Sambuaga began with a review of the economy in Indonesia in 2010.  He highlighted the growth rate of 5.9%, inflation of 6.5%, and an unemployment level…

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Climate Change and Indonesia: A Developing Country’s View

On December 10th, the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce sponsored, in cooperation with USINDO, the Embassy of Indonesia, and the U.S. – ASEAN Business Council, an interactive dialogue on climate change and Indonesia, featuring Agus Purnomo and Ambassador Dino Djalal.  Pak Purnomo, the Special Advisor to the President of Indonesia on Climate Change and the…

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In the Aftermath of Peace: Hope and Struggle in Aceh

On December 7th, Sandeep Ray, a former USINDO Summer Studies Alumnus and talented film maker presented at USINDO his new documentary “In the Aftermath of Peace: Hope and Struggle in Aceh.” Before screening the documentary, Ray gave some background on the film.  Ray became very familiar with Aceh’s current circumstances while working with the World…

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The Roots of U.S.-Indonesian Cooperation on Education

On October 22nd, USINDO hosted an Open Forum Luncheon with Agus Suwignyo, an education historian at Gadjah Mada University, and a 2010 USINDO Sumitro Fellow, on the history of U.S.-Indonesian collaboration on education development. Mr. Suwignyo began with an overview of the history of Western education in Indonesia. Education development in Indonesia was extremely limited…

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What You Really Need to Know about the U.S.-Indonesian Security Relationship

On August 26, USINDO hosted an Open Forum on U.S.-Indonesian Security issues with the recently returned Senior Defense Officer/Defense Attaché to Jakarta, Colonel Kevin Richards. In 2006, Colonel Richards was sent to Indonesia with the mission to re-establish the U.S. Military relationship with Indonesia.  When he arrived, the US and Indonesian militaries had not participated…

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Report of the U.S. Higher Education Leaders Mission to Indonesia: Recommendations on U.S.-Indonesia Enhanced Cooperation in Higher Education Under the Planned "Comprehensive Partnership"

2010 offers the best chance there will ever be for a major United States-Indonesia bilateral initiative on education. Such an initiative, now, is imperative. Overall U.S.- Indonesian educational cooperation needs serious re-invigoration. The two presidents should articulate a far-reaching vision of the illustrative goals and programmatic content for our educational cooperation over the next five…

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Understanding Islam in Indonesia: Politics and Diversity

On May 26, USINDO hosted a book launch for “Understanding Islam in Indonesia: Politics and Diversity, ” by Dr. Robert Pringle. Dr. Pringle explained how the idea for the book was inspired by conversations he had had with people generally informed about Indonesia, though admittedly not well versed about Islam, nor Islam in Indonesia. His…

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