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USINDO Jakarta Special Open Forum January 31, 2017 – "The Direction of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy Under the Trump Administration"

USINDO cordially invites you to a Special Open Forum on

The Direction of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy
Under the Trump Administration


Dr. Vali R. Nasr
Dean, Johns Hopkins University
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

1:30 - 3:30 pm

Batur Room, Mercantile Club
World Trade Center 1, 18th Floor,
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, Kav. 29-31, Jakarta Pusat

With Donald Trump’s victory in the US Presidential Election and his upcoming inauguration in just a few days, a “reset” button seems to have been pushed for U.S. foreign policy.  The US presidential campaign and transition periods have made clear that traditional bi-partisan U.S. foreign policy is in for a thorough shake-up.  Signals of a sharp break from past U.S. positions include the President-Elect’s conversation with Taiwan’s President,  challenging the well-established ‘One-China’ policy; his controversial though evolving stances on Islam and immigration; his willingness to consider that enlarging the number of nuclear powers may be beneficial; and his opposition to NAFTA and TPP.

These policies would represent significant changes in U.S. foreign policy, and likely drive profound shifts in how nations order their relationships with each other.  There is great interest also in how the President’s nominees for State and Defense will affect U.S. foreign and defense policies.

The new administration’s policies toward China, ISIS, TPP, climate change, and many others, will also have important implications for Indonesia and the US-Indonesia relationship.

Given all these possible effects of new US foreign and defense policy, it is important for us to begin to gain understanding of the future direction of these policies in the Trump Administration, and to consider their effects -- globally, in relation to the Middle East, Asia, and Indonesia, and in regard to US-Indonesia relations, including both areas of difference and shared interests

To help us get started at a high level in gaining this understanding, USINDO in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), is delighted to host Dr. Vali R. Nasr, Ph.D., Dean of SAIS, to provide his insight on the future direction of US foreign and defense policy under the Trump administration.

Please join us for this important USINDO Special Open Forum.

This event is open and FREE of charge. To register, please kindly RSVP HERE or email to by January 30, 2017 at 2.00 pm.