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East-West Center in Washington Director Represents U.S. at Presidential Friends of Indonesia Conference
HONOLULU (Aug. 21) – Dr. Satu Limaye, director of the East-West Center’s Washington office, was selected by Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Special Staff for the President as the sole U.S. representative to the recent Presidential Friends of Indonesia Conference (PFoI). Distinguished guests from 13 countries participated in the program including top government officials, journalists, academics, entrepreneurs, and artists. During the conference, from August 13-19, participants witnessed first-hand Indonesia’s progress and development.  

As honored guests of recently re-elected President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the delegation participated in the Independence Day ceremonies (Aug. 17) at the State Palace in Jakarta and discussed aspects of Indonesia’s economic and political transformation with the President at a state reception.  Limaye, on behalf of the delegation, expressed appreciation to the President for this opportunity to foster better ties with Indonesia, which in turn will enhance political, economic, cultural, and academic cooperation between Indonesia and the respective countries represented.

“In this historic year of Indonesia’s elections and a new U.S. president with personal ties to Indonesia, it was an honor to represent the United States at the Presidential Friends of Indonesia Conference,” stated Limaye.  “In addition to our two countries’ growing government-to-government ties, the links between our societies and peoples are further strengthened through such programs of public diplomacy.”  He added: “The East-West Center has a long history of promoting personal and professional linkages with Indonesia through education, research, and exchange programs.”

PFoI participants were also honored guests of Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika during the Provincial Government’s commemoration day banquet and before departing they engaged in an in-depth discussion with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda.  An annual program now in its second year, PFoI 2009 drew prominent figures from Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Limaye heads the East-West Center in Washington, D.C., which enhances U.S. engagement and dialogue with the Asia Pacific region through policy relevant research, publications, and outreach activities.  Prior to joining the Center, he worked with the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Va. and served as director of the Honolulu-based Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies’ (APCSS) research and publications division. Limaye was an Abe Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, and a Luce Scholar and head of programs on South Asia at the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo. Limaye earned his Ph.D. in international relations at Oxford University’s Magdalen College as a Marshall Scholar.

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The EAST-WEST CENTER is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States. Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.