U.S.- Indonesia Society:
In his speech at the United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) in November 2008 proposing a
comprehensive partnership between Indonesia and the United States, Indonesian President Susilo
Bambang Yudhoyono called for the partnership to have “strong people-to-people content.”
Following U.S. acceptance of the partnership by Secretary of State Clinton in February 2009,
USINDO – the pre-eminent bi-national non-government organization supporting the
strengthening of United States-Indonesia bilateral relations – decided to create opportunities to
engage the non-government sector in the partnership. From April 2009 to March 2010,
USINDO organized three major conferences and eight special open forums, in both Washington
and Jakarta, to provide a forum for non-government expert and the public to articulate
suggestions for effective components of the partnership.
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