Building U.S.-Indonesia Mutual Understanding Since 1994


Special Events

USINDO Special Events are half-day or full-day events where participants examine major trends in the United States and Indonesia, welcome newly assigned Ambassadors/special envoys to each country, or explore core political and economic developments in US and Indonesia. These events bring Indonesians, Americans, and other scholars together to discuss in-depth topical issues. The Society is also humbled to work in a concerted joint effort with other NGOs, both Indonesian and American, to carry out these events.

Indonesia Toward 2014: the View from Golkar – Aburizal Bakrie

November 21, 2011

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

November 4, 2011

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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The Economic, Political and Social Impacts of the Internet in the US and Indonesia

October 14, 2011

In recent years, we have witnessed the power of the internet to unite people across continents, culture, race, religion, social class and ideology.  It has facilitated cross-border friendships, powerful social and political movements, and allowed billions to access information previously out of their reach.  It is a tool that has irreversibly shifted the socio-political paradigm…

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Democracy & Governance in Indonesia: Four Views

September 15, 2011

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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