Cordially invites you to an Open Forum on:
The Opportunities and Challenges
(Senior Editor, The Jakarta Post)
Thursday, October 17
1:30 – 3:00 PM
(Please note 1:30 start)
USINDO Event Room
1625 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
With President Jokowi’s upcoming inauguration on October 20, what is in store for the nation under Jokowi’s second term? President Jokowi won the election in April with a bigger mandate, and he presides over a bigger coalition of political parties than when he began his first term in 2014. However, governing effectively will still be challenging. As President Jokowi sets about to build his legacy, he may find the political parties in his coalition, which controls the legislative agenda, increasingly occupied with positioning themselves for the 2024 elections.
Keeping the legislature’s attention on track to pass needed legislation and the executive branch concentrated on implementing President Jokowi’s second term’s objectives will be demanding tasks. Beyond drawing on his own leadership qualities, other key enabling factors include his choice of cabinet appointees, his relationships with the key political parties, and his determination in monitoring his agenda’s results. This being his final term has the benefit that he can act as boldly as he wishes.
Issues are swirling even before he takes office. In recent weeks, student protesters have challenged his commitment to the Reformasi movement on several issues, including proposed restrictions on behavior in a proposed revised criminal code, maintaining the powers of the anti-corruption commission, and many other pressing issues on which he must choose a course for Indonesia.
We are most fortunate to have Endy Bayuni, former Editor-in-Chief of The Jakarta Post, to give us his well-informed perspective on these issues. Please join us for his appraisal of Indonesia at the advent of President Jokowi’s second term.
Endy Bayuni is senior editor of The Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s leading independent English language newspaper. A 36-year veteran in journalism, he served as its chief editor twice, in 2016-2018 and 2004-2010 and had stints as the Indonesian correspondent for Reuters and Agence France-Presse (AFP) in the early years of his career.
Mr. Bayuni is a regular commentator of the Indonesian domestic politics and its foreign policy, with his opinion pieces appearing in The Jakarta Post and foreign publications like the Straits Times of Singapore and the Nikkei Asian Review, among others. He is involved with various media organizations and is currently executive director of the International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) which he helped found in 2012.
He received several fellowship programs during his career, including one year as Senior Fellow at the East-West Center office in Washington in 2011, as Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2003/2004, and as Jefferson Fellow at the East West Center in Hawaii in 1999. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Kingston University in Surrey, UK.