USINDO strongly supports the efforts of both governments to embark on a U.S.-Indonesia “Comprehensive Partnership”, the first in the 60 year history of the bilateral relationship. Ever since it was first proposed by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at a USINDO event in 2008, USINDO has worked diligently to support the people-to-people aspect of the partnership. USINDO has supported this aspect by engaging the non-government sector in the development of partnership priorities, the enunciation of partnership goals, and the advancement of partnership activities through conferences, open forums, public speeches, and a delegation of higher education leaders. Please see below for more information on these events.
The Partnership was first proposed by Indonesian President Yudhoyono at a USINDO event in November of 2008. In his speech, President SBY noted that “[the Partnership] has to bring about mutual and real benefit for our peoples. It has to be for the long-term, and have strong people-to-people content.” Secretary of State Clinton committed the U.S. in February 2009 to “working with Indonesia to pursue such a partnership with a concrete agenda.”
At a USINDO event in March 2010, Indonesian Foreign Minister Natalegawa noted that the Partnership should cover a range of sectors critical to Indonesian’s long-term development: education, science and technology, trade and investment, energy, food security, security, good governance, environment, and health. In his speech, Dr. Natalegawa again noted the importance of the people-to-people content: “Not least, such partnership includes a key element: people-to-people relations and the related soft-power diplomacy.” And in April 2010, Indonesian Vice President Boediono reaffirmed at a USINDO lunch that the outcome is expected “to usher in new era of partnership – equal partnership – between Indonesia and America,” and one that will “contribute to the stability of the region and the world.”
In a joint press release in June of 2010, the Comprehensive Partnership was defined as “a long-term commitment by Presidents Obama and Yudhoyono to broaden, deepen and elevate bilateral relations between the United States and Indonesia. It recognizes the global significance of enhanced cooperation between the world’s second and third largest democracies, the tremendous possibilities for economic and development cooperation, and the importance of fostering exchanges and mutual understanding between two of the world’s most diverse nations.”
Please see below for more information about USINDO Partnership events and resources, and related news articles and government releases.
Press releases: June 27, 2010 : The U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership
Article: A Bottom-up approach to U.S. – Indonesia Ties by Michael Carowitz
Article: Indonesia, the U.S.: A New Partnership by Retno Marsudi
Article: Strategic RI-US Partnership by David Merrill
Report: Center for a New American Security: Crafting a Strategic Vision – A New Era of U.S. – Indonesia Relations by Abraham M. Denmark with Rizal Sukma and Christine Parthemore