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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.

Upcoming Open Forums

Call for Applications: 2019 USINDO Summer Studies Program

February 08, 2019

Applications for the 2019 USINDO Summer Studies Program are now open! Deadline: February 8, 2019 Are you a U.S. university student or recent graduate interested in learning the language and culture of the most dynamic emerging economy in Southeast Asia, largest Muslim-majority nation, third largest democratic country, fourth most populous nation, and one of the…

Call for Applications: YSEALI Professional Fellows Program Spring 2019

November 16, 2018

The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and the U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with The United States – Indonesia Society (USINDO) are pleased to announce the application process and deadlines for the Spring 2018 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program. The YSEALI is the U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development as well…

Past Open Forums

Indonesia: The Journey Forward | A US-Indonesia Gala Business Dinner

October 10, 2018
18:00 / 21:
Bali

INDONESIA: THE JOURNEY FORWARD A US-Indonesia Gala Business Dinner in conjunction with the World Bank/IMF Meetings Ayodya Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia October 10, 2018 6pm – 9pm The IMF/World Bank annual meetings take place in Bali in October, the first time Indonesia has hosted this globally significant gathering of top economic and finance officials.…

USINDO DC Open Forum with Dr. Bernard Adeney-Risakotta: “Indonesia and the Future of Islam”

October 05, 2018
14:30 / 16:00
DC

We are pleased to invite you to our Open Forum on “Indonesia and the Future of Islam”.   Speaker: Bernard Adeney-Risakotta Author, “Living in a Sacred Cosmos: Indonesia and the Future of Islam” Founding Director Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), Yogyakarta Moderator: Katherine Marshall Senior Fellow Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs…

A Political Update from Washington, D.C.

September 18, 2018
12:00 / 16:00
Jakarta

USINDO Jakarta and FPCI cordially invite you to a public forum on   A Political Update from Washington, D.C. With   Tuesday, September 18 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 1:30 p.m)   Venue: FPCI Research & Analysis Mayapada Tower 1, 19th Floor Jl. Jendral Sudirman No. Kav. 28, South Jakarta 12920   Since…

USINDO DC Open Forum with Julie Chernov Hwang: “Why do Islamist extremists quit terrorism?”, September 17, 2018

September 17, 2018
00:30 / 13:45
Washington, DC

Speaker: Julie Chernov Hwang Author of “Why Terrorists Quit: The Disengagement of Indonesian Jihadists” Moderator: William M. Wise Practitioner-in-Residence, Southeast Asia Studies School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University Monday, September 17 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. (Light lunch will be provided) USINDO 1625 Massachusetts Ave, NW Suite 550 Washington, D.C. 20036 Why do Islamist…

Traditional Music in New Spaces: Promoting Indonesian Music in The United States

August 09, 2018
17:00 / 19:00
Jakarta

are pleased to invite you to an Open Forum on:   Traditional Music in New Spaces: Promoting Indonesian Music in The United States   With   Thursday , August 9, 2018 17:00 – 19:00 (Featuring an Angklung Performance and discussion) Venue: @america Pacific Place Mall, Level 3 SCBD Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Kav. 52-53 Jakarta Selatan  …

U.S. Policy toward Southeast Asia under President Donald Trump: Continuity or Change?

July 27, 2018
14:30 / 16:00
Jakarta

are pleased to invite you to an Open Forum on:   U.S. Policy toward Southeast Asia under President Donald Trump: Continuity or Change?   With    Friday, July 27, 2018 14:30 – 16:00 (Registration starts at 13:00, lunch provided)   Venue: Meeting Room at Kantin Diplomasi, 2nd Floor Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia…

Will Religious Sentiment Significantly Affect the 2019 Elections?

July 27, 2018
14:30 / 16:00
DC

Cordially invite you to an Open Forum on   Will Religious Sentiment Significantly Affect the 2019 Elections?   With    Friday, July 27, 2018 2:30 – 4:00 PM   Venue: USINDO Washington DC 1652 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 550 Washington, D.C. 20036   In April of next year, only nine months away, Indonesia will hold its 2019…

Luncheon Policy Address with Indonesian Minister of Trade H.E. Enggartiasto Lukita

July 24, 2018
12:30 / 14:00
DC

Luncheon Policy Address  with Indonesian Minister of Trade H.E. Enggartiasto Lukita Tuesday, July 24  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Cosmos Club 2121 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and USINDO will host a  Special Event July 24 with visiting Indonesian Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita. Minister Lukita is in…

USINDO and U.S. Embassy Open Forum July 10: Investigative Reporting on “Sea Slaves”: Issues and Outlook

July 10, 2018
15:00 / 17:00

are pleased to invite you to an Open Forum on:   Investigative Reporting on “Sea Slaves”: Issues and Outlook    With Tuesday, July 10, 2018 15:00 – 17:00 (Registration starts at 14:30)   Venue: @america Pacific Place Mall, Level 3 SCBD Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Kav. 52-53 Jakarta Selatan, 12190   From the Panama Papers to…

Rising Indonesia’s Turn to the Indo-Pacific Region: Power, Ambition and Strategy

June 19, 2018
12:00 / 13:30

Rising Indonesia’s Turn to the Indo-Pacific Region: Power, Ambition and Strategy An Indo Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar and Book Discussion featuring: Dr. Vibhanshu Shekhar  Former Asia Studies Visiting Fellow, East West Center in Washington Dr. Satu Limaye (Moderator) Director, East-West Center in Washington Nearly every conventional precept in Indonesian foreign policy is undergoing transformation as…

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…

Democracy & Governance in Indonesia: Four Views

More than a decade after a severe economic crisis that led to a period of wrenching political turmoil, Indonesia has emerged economically strong and politically stable. Indonesia’s macro-economic performance has exceeded expectations since the 1998 crisis, in spite of the current global financial crisis and subsequent global economic downturn. In parallel, Indonesia’s political system has…

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2011 Annual DC Gala Dinner

Featured Speaker: H.E. Agus Martowardojo Minister of Finance,  Republic of Indonesia With Special Guest: The Honorable Fred P. Hochberg Chairman and CEO,  Export-Import Bank of the United States Reception: 6:30 p.m. Dinner: 7:30 p.m. THE FAIRMONT HOTEL Grand Ballroom 2401 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037 Individual Dinner Tickets: USINDO Members: $165 Non-members: $200 Non-member…

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Maritime Security in the Southeast Asia/South China Sea

Disputes between China and ASEAN member states over territorial claims in the South China Sea continue to dominate the current round of ASEAN’s annual security meeting. Dr. Djalal’s timely presentation will shed light on the reasons behind some of the region’s naval disputes as well as key issues surrounding maritime security in Southeast Asia. With over…

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The Future of Reform: Indonesia Towards 2014

Dr. Douglas Ramage, an experienced observer of Indonesian governance, politics, and economics, will provide his assessment of  the status of reform in Indonesia as it approaches the 2014 elections, including:  the economy and investment;  democratic political development, electoral reform, and democratic institutions; the effort to fight corruption; and the outlook and challenges for sustaining economic…

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The Birth of the Indonesian Nation, 1945-49: Perspectives on the Role of the United States

1945-49 were the turbulent and formative years of the creation of the Indonesian nation.  The United States played an evolving role within that period that is known by relatively few.  Influenced by events on the ground such as Dutch police actions, the US moved from a position of pro-Dutch indifference to a position of supporting…

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Update on the State of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI)

Colonel Haseman is well known to USINDO’s friends and supporters for the depth of his knowledge on the Indonesian armed forces.  He has just returned from two weeks in Jakarta, Indonesia and Dili, East Timor, where he had a chance to speak at length with senior government officials, retired senior military officers, as well as U.S.…

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