Understanding Indonesia’s Foreign Policy under President Widodo


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When: Apr 6 2017 - 12:00pm until Apr 6 2017 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036

Understanding Indonesia’s Foreign Policy under President Widodo

An Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Endy M. Bayuni
Editor in Chief, The Jakarta Post

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Endy M. Bayuni. Image: Karen Mascarinas, Research Intern, East-West Center in Washington

Indonesia’s foreign policy under President Joko Widodo is starting to take shape half-way through his presidency. It is visibly different from the policy Indonesia has pursued for decades under Suharto and four other presidents after him. The new foreign policy is based on Widodo’s vision of Indonesia as a maritime power. Hosting the inaugural summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) in March further confirms the country’s shifting foreign policy priorities as Indonesia bids to become a global maritime fulcrum. ASEAN remains important, but not more so than the campaign to build Indonesia as a two-ocean, Indo-Pacific power. Widodo may be seen as a domestic-issue president, unlike his predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, but his main challenge now is to realign Indonesia’s foreign policy with his passion of politically and economically linking the islands in this vast archipelago.



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Endy M. Bayuni is chief editor of The Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s leading independent English language newspaper and an expert of Global Expert Finder, a project of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.. He has held his current position since August 2004, having worked his way up the newspaper’s career ladder since 1991. His previous stints in the newspaper included production manager/night editor, national editor, managing editor and deputy chief editor. Mr. Bayuni writes regular and widely read columns in the newspaper commenting on Indonesian domestic politics, including political Islam and foreign policy. The Jakarta Post is part of a small circle of critical but constructive media in Indonesia. The unprecedented freedom of speech and freedom of the media that came after the downfall of President Soeharto’s regime in 1998 has allowed the press in Indonesia to play its role as the fourth estate, providing democratic checks and balances on the government. Mr. Bayuni and his editorial team have been pushing the envelope through the newspaper’s vigorous reporting. He began his career as a cub reporter for The Jakarta Post in 1983, and between 1984 and 1991 worked as the Indonesian correspondent, initially for Reuters and later for Agence France Presse (AFP).Mr. Bayuni was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2003/4 where he spent a considerable time attending classes at the Kennedy School of Government. He was a Jefferson Fellow at the East West Center in the fall of 1999. He has a bachelor of arts degree in economics which he received in 1981 from Kingston University in Surrey, UK.

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