USINDO is delighted to announce the highly successful completion of its second “Legislative Partnership Program (LPP)” for eight Indonesian parliamentary staff members. The Program was held in Washington D.C. from November 12-19, 2016 in partnership with the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) and the House Democracy Partnership of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The LPP was first established in cooperation with U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Edward Royce (R-CA) and Chairman Mahfudz Siddiq of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Indonesian DPR, during Chairman Royce’s visit to Indonesia in August, 2013. The first LPP took place in Washington D.C. in March 1-7, 2014 and the delegation of seven Indonesian parliamentary staff members focused on the issue of foreign affairs.
For this second delegation, the program concentrated on the substantive issues of economy, finance, banking, energy, trade and industry. The Indonesian participants received practical knowledge directly from experienced U.S. practitioners about U.S. Congressional committee functioning, the role of professional staff, the use of support systems such as the Congressional Research Service, the advancement of legislative oversight and budgeting, the tools and procedures to communicate with constituents and media, effective strategies in legislative drafting, how majority and minority staff in Congress work together, and how the U.S. system engages stakeholders for inclusive policy making.
On Friday, October 14, 2016
USINDO Jakarta in cooperation with the United States Embassy Jakarta and the Habibie Center hosted an Open Forum on:
"The Race to the White House: The Outlook Three Weeks Out"
-Molly E. Reynolds, Fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings Institutions
-Nathanael Gratias Sumaktoyo, Doctoral Fellow in Religious Freedom Project, Berkley Center,
-Elviyani Nasution, USINDO Advisor & Chief Representative of National Australia Bank
On September 6, 2016 USINDO Jakarta, in cooperation with The Habibie Center and U.S. Embassy - Jakarta, Indonesia hosted an Open Forum on "The Hague’s South China Sea Ruling: Legal and Political Implications"
- Prof. Julian Ku, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law
and the Faculty Director of International Programs, Hofstra University
- Ayodhia G.L. Kalake, Deputy Assistant for Maritime Zone Delimitation, Indonesia Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs
- Aaron Jensen, Deputy Political Counselor for External Affairs, U.S. Embassy Jakarta
- Rahimah Abdulrahim, Executive Director of The Habibie Center and Advisor of the U.S.-Indonesia Society
On June 22, 2016 USINDO Jakarta in cooperation with @america and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) hosted an Open Forum on "The Role Universities and the Public & Private Sectors Can Play in Workforce Development in Indonesia and United States"
USINDO Summer Studies Program is an intensive ten-week language and cultural studies program held from May to August, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is open to U.S. university juniors or seniors, currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, as well as recent graduates (within 6 months) of any U.S. college or university. Participants are selected in a competitive application process.
USINDO, U.S. Embassy Jakarta and @america Open Forum with Ambassador Robert R. King, U.S. Special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, Marzuki Darusman, special rapporteur United Nations and USINDO advisor, and Ambassador Cho Tai-Young, South Korean ambassador to Indonesia
USINDO's 2014 Indonesian Elections Open Forum Series : The Role of Civil Society in Indonesia's 2014 Elections and Today's Indonesia
The Habibie Center
Tuesday, October 21
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
USINDO Jakarta Open Forum with Wijayanto Samirin Managing Director Paramadina Public Policy Institute, Ndiamé Diop Lead Economist World Bank, Fauzi Ichsan Senior Economist Head of Government Relations Standard-Chartered Bank
USINDO is holding a special reception in Washington on September 25 to honor Indonesian President Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for his exceptional initiative and vision during his term in furthering U.S. - Indonesia relations and mutual understanding. President Yudhoyono is Guest of Honor.
Location: Willard Hotel
USINDO's 2014 Indonesian Elections Open Forum Series, May 27.
Dr. Sarah Shair-Rosenfield
Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies
Arizona State University.
Location: USINDO Conference Room.
IRI and USINDO Washington Open Forum
June 26, 2014
Acting Assistant Administrator, USAID's Bureau for Asia
Resident Country Director in Indonesia, IRI
Senior Fellow, Project 2049 Institute
Location: International Republican Institute
The International Republican Institute and the United States-Indonesia Society Open Forum on “Indonesia's Legislative and Presidential Elections: A first-hand perspective on the outcomes of the legislative elections, women's participation and challenges, and the presidential contest under way” with Denise Rollins, Acting Assistant Administrator, USAID's Bureau for Asia; Michelle Bekkering, Resident Country Director in Indonesia, IRI; and Kelley Currie, Senior Fellow, Project 2049 Institute on Thursday, June 26, 2014.
We are privileged to have Emeritus Professor R. William Liddle join us on July 24 to provide his perspective on the election, how and why the win was achieved, and his early views regarding the policies of the new administration.
Location:The International Republican Institute
When: Thursday, July 24, 2014 (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm)
USINDO DC Aug 12 Special Open Forum on What Indonesia’s Presidential Election Signifies Three Expert Indonesianists’ Views
Speakers: Donald K. Emmerson, R. William Liddle and Thomas Pepinsky
Location: Cosmos Club
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:15 p.m
The United States-Indonesia Society and Center for Strategic and International Studies Open Forum on The 2014 U.S. Mid-Term Elections - Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy, at Auditorium CSIS, Sept 25 2014
The United States-Indonesia Society, US Embassy and Association of the Indonesian Municipalities Open Forum on Building Local Government Accountability: Perspective of Local Government Officials in the U.S. and Indonesia, at @america, Pacific Place Sept 5 2014
USINDO Jakarta Open Forum with Kristen F. Bauer, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i.,
U.S Embassy Jakarta Indonesia, Lisa McClennon, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, USAID, Artha Theresia Silalahi, Deputy Chief Judge of East Jakarta District Court, Laksmi Indriyah Rohmulyati, Head of International Cooperation, AGO Indonesia, and Col. Sri Rumiati, Head of Police Technology and Security Management Training, Institute of Police Science (STIK-PTIK).
Monday, July 21 2014.
USINDO Jakarta Open Forum on
Partners In Growth: St. Louis and Bogor City-to-City Economic and Education Engagement;
with Dr. Bima Arya Sugiarto, Timothy J. Nowak, Mauricio Amore, Wully Wahyuni, Dr. Thomas L. Payne, and Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto (TBC),
on May 21, 2014.
USINDO Washington Economy, Business, and Trade Open Forum Series Event with Dr. Gustav Papanek:
The Economic Choices Facing the Next President of Indonesia:
Business as Usual: 5% Growth & Less than a Million Jobs
Tough Reforms: 10% Growth, 3 Million Jobs
April 23, 2014
USINDO Washington Special Open Forum on the History of Indonesia's Political Economy:
Liem Sioe Liong's Salim Group:
The Business Pillar of Suharto's Indonesia; with Nancy Chng and Richard Borsuk, April 16, 2014.
USINDO Open Forum with Angela Canterbury (Director of Public Policy, Program on Government Oversight (POGO), Dr. Patrice McDermott (Executive Director, OpenTheGovernment.org) and Danang Widoyoko (Former Coordinator,
Jakarta, March 27, 2014
On December 10, USINDO was pleased to welcome Mr. Velix Wanggai, Special Staff to the President of the Republic of Indonesia on Regional Development and Regional Autonomy — an expert in regional development policy, sustainable development, and asymmetric autonomy, to inform us of current developments regarding Papua. Mr. Wanggai discussed the implementation of the decentralization process, challenges associated with the devolution of central authority in Papua, and thoughts on how the prosperity of the Papuan people can be enhanced.
As a Special Open Forum in our 2014 Indonesian Elections Series, USINDO was delighted to present legendary Indonesian political science expert Professor Bill Liddle, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Ohio State, on December 4. Dr. Liddle presented his findings from a new opinion survey on the election, based on an experimental technique that enables political scientists to get a clearer picture than ever before of the likely outcomes and driving forces behind the elections. His talk will give us fresh insights on the election, including the survey’s findings on the electability of new candidates.
USINDO Open Forum with Prof. Terence Hull (Emeritus Professor of Demography, Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, Australian National University), Mr. Jim Brumby (Lead Economist and Sector Manager in Public Sector and Governance, World Bank Indonesia) and Dr. Wendy Hartanto (Deputy for Population Management, National Population and Family Planning Board) - Jakarta, December 2, 2013
On November 22, 2013, USINDO was pleased to welcome Dr. Rudi Sukandar, a Senior Advisor to the National Violence Monitoring System (NVMS) Team of the Habibie Center, Jakarta. Dr. Sukandar presented his current research on reporting and analyzing violent conflict in Indonesia, acquainted us with the current types of conflicts occurring in Indonesia, discussed the use of the NVMS data for strengthening the capacity of related institutions to detect and respond to social conflicts, and explained how such databases can change relevant stakeholders’ views on violence prevention and conflict management in Indonesia.
On October 17, 2013, USINDO was fortunate to welcome Pak Todung Mulya Lubis, a leading and respected anti-corruption practitioner, who provided his insights on such key issues as:
- Why, after so many people have been arrested for corruption, does it continue?
- Are counter-corruption measures working?
- What can be done to reduce the prevelance of corruption?
- How difficult is it to eliminate the roots of corruption?
- Will money politics play a role in the upcoming elections?
- Can citizens be confident that the court will not be bribed if election results are disputed?
On October 3, 2013, USINDO host Professor Donald L. Horowitz in Washington, DC as part of USINDO's Scholars Open Forum Series. Professor Donald Horowitz, James B. Duke Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University, discusses his new book, “Constitutional Change and Democracy in Indonesia”, tells the fascinating story of Indonesia’s transformation into a democracy. His overview of Indonesia’s political evolution since regime change in 1998 will provide our USINDO audience an in-depth understanding of how and why Indonesia succeeded in making its remarkable transition to democracy since 1998.
On July 27, 2012, USINDO hosted an Open Forum panel discussion at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., featuring five distinguished speakers from the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and MCC, who hold key roles in the effort to meet climate change and environment challenges in Indonesia. The purpose of this forum was to discuss what happens and what still needs to happen under the environment and climate change component of the CP, which requires bilateral, public, private, and civic collaboration.
USINDO - U.S. Embassy Joint Open Forum with Prof. Michael Brody (Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Science, American University) and Dr. Amanda Katili Niode (Coordinator of Communication, Information and Education, Indonesian National Council on Climate Change (INCCC)), @america Jakarta, October 18, 2013
On September 23, 2013, USINDO hosted Dr. Sarah Shair-Rosenfield in Washington, DC as part of USINDO's 2014 Indonesian Elections Open Forum Series. Dr. Shair-Rosenfield, Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies Arizona State University, is an expert in electoral reform, party system evolution and democracy in contemporary Indonesia. Her Open Forum presentation "The Indonesian 2014 Electoral Process: How Does it Work? How Does it Affect the 2014 Election?" prepared us to follow and understand the 2014 parliamentary and presidential elections.
August 19th, in Jakarta, a delegation from the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC), led by HFAC Chairman Edward Royce (R-CA), the Indonesian delegation, led by Chairman Mahfudz Siddiq of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Indonesian Parliament (DPR), and USINDO, represented by USINDO President David Merrill, agreed to cooperate on a “USINDO Legislative Partnership Program.”
On July 17, 2013 USINDO hosted Hashim Djojohadikusumo, Deputy Chairman of the Gerindra Party's Governing Board as part of USINDO's 2014 Indonesian Elections Series. USINDO's Open Forum Series on the 2014 elections welcomes prominent figures and leaders from all Indonesian political parties, as well as experts and pollsters, to present their perspective on the upcoming election and on Indonesian developments.
Mr. Djojohadikusumo spoke on the Gerindra Party's views, his assessment of the prospects of the Gerindra Party and of General Prabowo in the 2014 legislative and presidential elections, and the overall 2014 political landscape.
USINDO Jakarta Special Open Forum and Public Consultation with Prof. Rachmat Witoelar (Special Envoy for Climate Change, Government of Indonesia), Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones (Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment and Science, U.S. Department of State) and Agus Purnomo (Special Assistant to the President of the Republic of Indonesia on Climate Change) - Jakarta, June 18, 2013
USINDO Jakarta Open Forum with Prof. Gary Clyde Hufbauer (Reginald Jones Senior Fellow of Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of U.S. Treasury for International Trade and Investment Policy (1977-79)) and Mr. James Carouso (Counselor for Economic Affairs, U.S. Embassy Jakarta) - Jakarta, April 16, 2013
USINDO Jakarta Open Forum with:
Capt. Adrian Jansen
(Naval Attaché at U.S. Embassy Jakarta
Captain of U.S. Navy, Department of Defense)
(Head of War Game Centre,
Indonesian Naval Command and Staff College [Seskoa])
Jakarta, January 29, 2013
USINDO Jakarta Open Forum with:
Mr. Steve Okun
(Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce),
Mr. Andrew White
(Managing Director of AmCham Indonesia) &
Mr. John Riady
(Chairman of the United States-Indonesia Bilateral Committee,
Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KIKAS-KADIN), Advisor of USINDO) - Jakarta. January 23, 2013
USINDO DC and World Bank Special Event
Introduction: Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director, The World Bank
Chair: Stefan Koeberle, Indonesia Country Director, The World Bank
Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Ambassador, Republic of Indonesia
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 Economist - Indonesia, The World Bank
Scott Guggenheim, Lead Social Development Specialist, The World Bank
February 23, 2011
USINDO DC Special Event with
Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto
President Yudhoyono's Inter-Ministerial Coordinator for Development Monitoring and Oversight, the Manager of the President's Situation Room, Head of the President's Judicial Mafia Eradication Task Force, Leader of the President's Task-Force on REDD+, and the former Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources - January 20, 2011
DC Open Forum with Shari Villarosa, Deputy Coordinator for Regional Affairs, US State Department Office of the Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism; and Dr. Julie Chernov-Hwang, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Goucher College -
November 17, 2011
An Open Forum Panel Discussion with
Shubham Chaudhuri, Lead Economist - Indonesia, The World Bank; Amien Sunaryadi, Senior Operations Officer, Governance and Anti-Corruption - Indonesia, The World Bank; Gerald Hyman, President, CSIS’s Hills Program on Governance;
Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Deputy for Political Affairs,
The Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia - September 21, 2011
USINDO DC Open Forum with Dr. Hasjim Djalal, Senior Advisor to the Indonesian Minister for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and to the Indonesian Naval Chief of Staff, and Member of the Indonesian Maritime Council -
July 26, 2011
On November 27, 2012, USINDO, along with cooperating organizations the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, hosted a Special Open Forum luncheon and panel discussion at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. This event featured two distinguished American leaders in the U.S.-Indonesia relationship, Democrat Congressman Jim McDermott of Washington and Dr. Kurt Campbell, U.S. Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. They discussed the state of the U.S.-Indonesia relationship and shared their thoughts on how to further strengthen these ties as they specifically relate to the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership.
BANDAH ACEH, INDONESIA –Syiah Kuala University (UNSYIAH) Laboratory School is holding their graduation ceremony on June 18, 2012. The Lab School is a senior high school that was built following the 2004 tsunami, which was made possible through the leadership of The US-Indonesia Society, and partnership with UNSYIAH, and the Sampoerna Foundation, together with the support of a wide range of corporate sponsors and individual donors.
The Lab School is on their third consecutive year of its students successfully passing the national exams. Eleven in this year’s graduating class have received admission to various universities – two of which are accepted in ITB in Bogor, and another two students are accepted in the UNSYIAH Medical Facility. The Vice Prinicipal, M. Nasir Usman, is confident that the rest of the graduating students are going to receive admissions to universities in Indonesia or abroad over the next few weeks.
Since opening in 2007, students who attend the Lab School have come from highly diverse economic, social, and educational backgrounds, which demonstrates that with sound teaching, anyone can learn, according to Dr. Margaret Sullivan.