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U.S.-Indonesia Relations at 70: History, Policy, and the Future

U.S.-Indonesia Relations at 70: History, Policy, and the Future

Marking the 70th anniversary of U.S.-Indonesian diplomatic relations, Hudson Institute, the U.S.-Indonesia Society (USINDO), and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia will host a symposium to explore the history of the bilateral relationship, discuss future opportunities and challenges facing the world’s second and third largest democracies, and ways to enhance the relationship in the future.

Experts, diplomats, and historians from both countries will discuss the important and sometimes tumultuous early history of the bilateral relationship, which frames the relationship between the two countries today. Following an update from policymakers on the current state of the growing U.S.-Indonesian strategic partnership, an expert panel will consider ways to enhance the partnership and the possible trajectory of the relationship.

NOTE: This event is open to the press. All members of the media should RSVP to [email protected]


Lori Abele

Director, Southeast Asia, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Ambassador Robert O. Blake, Jr.

Senior Director, McLarty Associates; Co-Chair, Board of Trustees of the U.S.-Indonesia Socity (USINDO); former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia and Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs

Mark D. Clark

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asia, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. State Department

Dr. Patrick Cronin

Asia-Pacific Security Chair, Hudson Institute

Dr. Karl Jackson

Starr Distinguished Professor of Southeast Asia Studies, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

His Excellency Mahendra Siregar

Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the U.S. and former Head of the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board, Vice Minister of Finance, Vice Minister of Trade, and Chairman and CEO of Eximbank Indonesia.

Professor Robert J. McMahon

Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, Ohio State University, and author of Colonialism and Cold War: The United States and the Struggle for Indonesian Independence, 1945-49

Ambassador David Merrill

President, U.S.-Indonesia Society (USINDO)

Professor Ann Marie Murphy Commentator

Professor and Director, Center for Emerging Powers and Transnational Trends, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University

Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy Commentator

Former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, China, and Singapore and Distinguished Scholar, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Wilson Center

The Honorable Randall G. Schriver

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense

Jennifer Schuch-Page

Vice President, The Asia Group

Professor Baskara T. Wardaya

History Professor, Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia and author of several books on Indonesia's post-colonial history, including Cold War Shadow: US Policies toward Indonesia, 1953-1963

Kenneth Weinstein

President and CEO, Hudson Institute

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