Building U.S.-Indonesia Mutual Understanding Since 1994


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

Breakfast Meeting with Mr. Joseph Yun, U.S. Department of State's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

Mr. Joseph Yun Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Date: Friday, March 2, 2012  Time: 07:30 a.m. – 08:45 a.m. Venue: Jakarta, Indonesia (For security purposes, registered attendees will be notified of the exact location on Wednesday.) Cost: Rp. 250,000 (member) Rp. 300,000 (non-member) (Payments will…

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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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Indonesia toward 2014: The View from Golkar

Attention is increasingly focusing toward 2014, when Indonesia conducts elections for a new president.  The run-up period to the elections is already under way, and there is heightened interest by Indonesians, as well as by Americans who follow Indonesia, in the contending parties and their positions.  Our Open Forum series provides a deeper understanding 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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