Indonesia’s Elections: The World’s Third Largest Democracy Votes

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The National Museum of Indonesia during the people celebration known as 'Pesta Rakyat'

The National Museum of Indonesia during the people celebration known as 'Pesta Rakyat' (ULET IFANSASTI/Getty Images).

Breakfast available from 8 a.m.
Discussion begins at 8:30 a.m.

On April 17th, Indonesia will choose between incumbent Joko Widodo (widely known as Jokowi) and challenger Prabowo Subianto for the presidency. Simultaneously, Indonesian voters will choose representatives to its national and regional Parliaments. Jokowi’s victory in the last election was accompanied by optimism for change and prosperity — he is the first president to not have come from the military or the political elite. President Jokowi has successfully jump-started massive national infrastructure projects with tangible results, and a national health insurance plan. Yet, critics will point to his handling of the economy, human rights, and religious intolerance. On foreign policy, Jokowi has taken a more assertive position on Indonesia’s maritime borders — specifically involving the Natuna Islands in the South China Sea — and expressed his desire for Indonesia to shape the Indo-Pacific region as a maritime country.

Join us for a conversation with Ambassador Cameron Hume, Chairman of the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee, the Hon. Mari Pangetsu, former Minister of Trade of Indonesia, and Dr. Robert Hefner, Professor of Global Affairs and Anthropology at Boston University, on the results of the election, and what the future holds for the country, its economy, and the Indo-Pacific region. Moderated by Dr. Ann Marie Murphy, Professor and Director of the Center for Emerging Powers and Transnational Trends, at Seton Hall's School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and opening remarks by Wayne Forrest, President of the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce.


Opening Remarks

Wayne Forrest

Wayne Forrest is President of the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, having previously served as its Executive Director since 1987. He also serves on its Board of Directors, as well as that of the American Indonesian Education and Cultural Foundation and the Kartika Sukarno Foundation for Indonesian children, and he is a member of the Board of Advisors of the U.S.-Indonesia Society.


Speakers

Dr. Robert Hefner

Robert Hefner is Professor of Global Affairs and Anthropology at the Pardee School for Global Affairs at Boston University. He has edited or authored multiple books and major policy reports for government and private policy centers, and is currently producing films on religious pluralism and democracy in Indonesia.


Ambassador Cameron Hume

Ambassador Cameron Hume is Chairman of the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce's (AICC) Executive Committee. Prior to joining the AICC, he served as Ambassador to Indonesia (2007 to 2010), Sudan (2005 to 2007), and Algeria (1997 to 2000).


Mari Pangetsu

The Hon. Mari Elka Pangetsu (via video) is a member of McLarty Associates’ Board of Counselors, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. From 2004 to 2011, she served as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade, and in 2011, she was named Indonesia’s first Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy.


Ann Marie Murphy

Ann Marie Murphy (moderator) is Professor and Director of the Center for Emerging Powers and Transnational Trends, at Seton Hall's School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and Senior Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Dr. Murphy is currently completing a book on the impact of democracy on Indonesian foreign policy.


This program is made possible through the generous support of the Nicholas and Sheila Platt Endowment for Public Policy and the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce.

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Event Details

Wed 01 May 2019
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

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