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May 27, 2011: Djuahari Oratmangun, Ngurah Swajaya and Connie Rahakundini Bakrie

(Click to enlarge) From left to right: Ambassador Ngurah Swajaya, Mr. Djuahari Oratmangun, and Ms. Connie Bakri discuss Indonesia's goals as the 2011 Chair of ASEAN with guest moderator Dr. Pek Koon Heng, ASEAN Studies Center, American University.

Indonesia’s Vision as the 2011 Chair of ASEAN

Presentation Materials:
Oratmangun PowerPoint
Bakrie PowerPoint

Related Publication:
Asia Pacific Bulletin No. 111 by Kavi Chongkittavorn

WASHINGTON, DC (June 3, 2011) -- Three Indonesian speakers, Mr. Djuahari Oratmangun, Ambassador Ngurah Swajaya, and Ms. Connie Rahakundini Bakrie, delegation members of the 24th ASEAN-US Dialogue, gave a detailed presentation examining Indonesia's priorities as the 2011 Chair of ASEAN, its agenda for the year, as well as how Indonesia will work to realize these goals.

Mr. Oratmangun began by sharing four major priorities of the Chair. Firstly, Indonesia seeks to implement the political-security, economic, and socio-cultural pillars of the ASEAN Blueprint to achieve the goal of creating an ASEAN Community by 2015. Secondly, Indonesian leaders are working, through ASEAN, to shape the regional architecture; recently the decision was made to allow the United States and Russia to attend the upcoming East Asia Summit (EAS). A third goal is to create a post-2015 vision for ASEAN’s role in the global community and to explore areas for further contribution. Lastly, Indonesia hopes to continue shaping ASEAN as a people-oriented organization. Among many of ASEAN’s priorities is creating connectivity within the region. Ambassador Swajaya explained that member countries are looking to chart ASEAN’s future steps together; developing connectivity would foster important discussions of regional challenges as well as cooperation among members. However, the speaker did mention that more member-country support of the ASEAN Secretariat would likely be needed to enhance connectivity due to the Secretariat’s very limited resources.

Following the recent ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM), Ms. Bakrie explained that the ministers agreed to collectively strengthen regional defense and security community, look for ways to develop cooperation efforts, and enhance existing ties-- all while shaping and sharing regional security norms. One development from the latest ADMM was the desire among ministers to strengthen cooperation through ASEAN defense industry collaboration. Ms. Bakrie also added that ASEAN is looking for ways to maximize its geo-strategic role in the region. This  Asia Pacific Security seminar was co-hosted with American University’s ASEAN Studies Center. Djauhari Oratmangun is Director General for ASEAN Cooperation. Prior to his current post, which began in February of 2009, he was Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d'Affaires of the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague (2004 - 2009). After joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in 1984, his first posting was at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia in New York (1986 - 1990); he also returned to New York from 1997-2001. In the past, Mr. Oratmangun has served in the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia in Geneva (1993 - 1997), and was Director for Multilateral Economic Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also Director for United Nations Economic, Development, and Environmental Affairs (2002 - 2004). Mr. Oratmangun completed his degree in Economics at the University of Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Ngurah Swajaya is the Indonesian Permanent Representative to ASEAN. Previously, he served as the Indonesian Ambassador to Cambodia and has held many positions within the Indonesian Foreign Service, including Ambassador to Cambodia, director of ASEAN political security, and director of UN economic development and environmental cooperation. In the past, he has also been posted at the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the UN and the Indonesian Embassy in Bonn, Germany. Ambassador Swajaya has represented Indonesia at numerous international meetings and conferences and received a law degree from the University of Udayana, in Bali, Indonesia.
Connie Rahakundini Bakrie is the executive director of the Institute of Defense and Security Studies (IODAS) and is a political lecturer in the faculty of social and political science at the University of Indonesia. She is also currently a visiting lecturer at the Navy Command College and Management Course at Indonesia's Ministry of Defense and a research fellow at the Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, Israel. A PhD candidate, Ms. Bakrie is the author of two books on Indonesia's military and defense. While she is well known for her work on defense issues, she also conducts research on maritime security and the ASEAN political and security community.