Building U.S.-Indonesia Mutual Understanding Since 1994

OPEN FORUMS

Open Forums

On-the-record discussion programs in Jakarta and Washington DC on the full range of issues of interest in U.S-Indonesian relations, including The U.S-Indonesia Strategic Partnership, the new U.S. administration, Indonesia and U.S. elections, U.S and Indonesian foreign policy, economy, trade and business, etc.

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Past Open Forums

Transparency in the Criminal Justice System: Reforming the System and Civic Engagement, April 17 2018

April 17, 2018
18:30 / 20:30

In today’s information age, transparency has become increasingly in demand throughout various sectors, especially in the law and criminal justice sector. In 2016, Indonesian president Joko Widodo called for an overhaul of Indonesia’s legal system in order to end corruption and improve the rule of law. In the U.S., the most recent effort in terms…

USINDO DC Special Open Forum, March 23, 2018 “Journalism, Creative Writing, and Free Speech in Today’s Indonesia: Progress and Challenges”

March 23, 2018
14:30 / 16:00

Special Open Forum  Journalism, Creative Writing, and Free Speech in Today’s Indonesia: Progress and Challenges  Yuli Ismartono  Executive Director, Lontar Foundation Former Senior Editor, Tempo Friday, March 23  2:30 – 4:00 p.m. USINDO 1625 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 550 Washington, D.C. 20036 In the two decades since the end of the Soeharto era, the initial euphoria…

USINDO Jakarta Open Forum: “Matchmakers : The New Economics of Multisided Platforms”, March 22, 2018

March 22, 2018
17:00 / 18:00

  are pleased to invite you to a Special Open Forum on: Matchmakers: The New Economics of Multisided Platforms  With Professor Richard Schmalensee The Howard W. Johnson Professor of Economics and Management Emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management   Moderator: Furyanto Jawoto GTech Asia   Thursday, March 22, 2018 17:00 – 18:00 (Registration starts at…

The First Year of the Trump Presidency: Assessment and Outlook for 2018

February 07, 2018
13:30 / 15:30
Jakarta

cordially invites you to a Special Open Forum on:   The First Year of the Trump Presidency: Assessment and Outlook for 2018   With   Wednesday, February 7, 2018  13:30 – 15:30 (Registration starts at 13:00)   Venue: Sequis Center Auditorium Sequis Center, 11th Floor* Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav 71, Central Jakarta *Parking is available…

The Indonesian Security Sector’s Transformation in the Democratic Transition, and Its Constructive Engagement with China and U.S

January 24, 2018
14:30 / 16:00
DC

cordially invites you to a Special Open Forum on: The Indonesian Security Sector’s Transformation in the Democratic Transition, and Its Constructive Engagement with China and U.S With Lieutenant General TNI Agus Widjojo Governor, National Resilience Agency Republic of Indonesia   Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2:30 – 4:00 PM Venue: USINDO 1625 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite…

Women as Change Agents in the United States and Indonesia

January 24, 2018
14:00 / 15:30
Jakarta

are pleased to invite you to a Special Open Forum on: Women as Change Agents in the United States and Indonesia   With  Moderated by:      Wednesday, January 24, 2018 14:00 – 15:30 (Registration starts at 13:30)   Venue: @america Pacific Place Mall, Level 3 SCBD, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 52-53, Jakarta Selatan, 12190…

Maximizing the Impact of Anti-Corruption Efforts for Economic Development in the U.S. and Indonesia: The Role of Public and Private Sectors

December 15, 2017
13:30 / 15:30
Jakarta

are pleased to invite you to an Open Forum on: Maximizing the Impact of Anti-Corruption Efforts for Economic Development in the U.S. and Indonesia: The Role of Public and Private Sectors With Friday, December 15, 2017 13:30 – 15:30 (Registration starts at 13:00)   Venue: Flamboyan Room Jakarta Design Center, 6th Floor Jl. Gatot Subroto…

USINDO DC Special Open Forum, USINDO’s History Series, November 29, 2017 “Indonesia’s September 30, 1965 Movement and the Beginning of the Suharto Era: Enhancing our Understanding Drawing on Recently Released U.S. Records

November 29, 2017
14:30 / 16:15
Washington DC

Cordially invites you to a Special Open Forum  USINDO’s History Series    Indonesia’s September 30, 1965 Movement and the Beginning of the Suharto Era:  Enhancing our Understanding Drawing on Recently Released U.S. Records   Speaker: Dr. Bradley Simpson Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies, University of Connecticut Founder and Director, Indonesia and East Timor Documentation Project National…

The Internationalization of Indonesian Arts and Gamelan in the U.S. and Other Countries

September 07, 2017
09:30 / 11:30
Jakarta

Globalization brought forth many opportunities for Indonesia, including the unanticipated prospect of cultural influence abroad through performance arts. The internationalization of Indonesian arts, either musical instruments, dance and visual arts, have been well-accepted by many countries including in the U.S.

The U.S. – Indonesia Bilateral Security Relationship

August 07, 2017
Jakarta

are pleased to announce a Special Open Forum on The U.S. – Indonesia Bilateral Security Relationship With Monday, August 7, 2017 15:00 – 16:00 Venue: To be advised upon RSVP   The U.S. – Indonesia Society (USINDO) and American Chambers of Commerce (AmCham) Indonesia are pleased to announce a Special Open Forum featuring one of the most influential…

Indonesia’s Military Transformation: Beyond Democratic Reforms

The role of the armed forces in Indonesia’s politics has undergone significant transformation in the country’s transition to democracy. During the Suharto era, as prescribed in the then “Dual Function” doctrine, the armed forces played a key role in maintaining law, order, and stability, and were deeply involved in governance. The fall of Suharto’s New…

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Special Open Forum and Luncheon with Sri Mulyani: "Indonesia: Middle Income Country in Transition"

Indonesia has become an emerging and dynamic middle income country with a strong economy, a politically stable democracy, and a growing international profile in the G-20 and other multilateral, regional, and bilateral fora. Drawing on rich natural endowments, strong macroeconomic and fiscal management, decentralization, and other reforms, it is one of very few countries that…

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The Transformation of Indonesia's Legislature: Increased Role, Remaining Challenges

Moving from what many saw as a “rubber stamp” during much of Indonesia’s authoritarian past, Indonesia’s legislature (DPR) in Indonesia’s democracy era has transformed itself and emerged as a functional legislative branch of the state. Following the 1999-2002 amendments, the constitution now stipulates that the power of legislation is no longer in the hand of…

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Understanding Changes to Indonesia’s Electoral System and their Relationship to the 2014 Elections

A fuller understanding of Indonesia’s election laws, the changes being debated, and how they may affect the 2014 elections is essential for any informed observer of the elections.  Recently, new electoral laws have been passed and others are being debated in parliament that will have a significant impact on the legislative and presidential elections in…

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Indonesia Toward 2014: the View from Golkar – Aburizal Bakrie

Since entering the era of democratization in 1999, Indonesia’s record has been more positive than many would have expected. The economy grew over 6 percent per year over the last five years, among the world’s high achievers. The government has decentralized significant functions. Political parties, civil society organizations, and interest groups are flourishing, representing diverse…

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

As the nature of terrorism in Indonesia has evolved over the past decade, Indonesia’s counter-terrorism response has evolved accordingly.  The scope and scale of the October 2002 Bali bombing by Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) caused some to hypothesize that Southeast Asia was fast becoming Al Qaeda’s ‘second front.’  Subsequent police investigations led to the unraveling of…

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