Indonesia Update Conference 2011: Indonesia's Place in the World

Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics

Event details


Date & time

Friday 30 September 2011 to Saturday 01 October 2011


Coombs Lecture Theatre, H C Coombs Building No 9, Cnr Fellows Road and Garran Road, ANU


Various speakers, keynote speaker: Bob Elson, opening by Gareth Evans


Indonesia Project
+61 2 6125 3974
Indonesia’s place in the world is in flux. It has been reinvented as a large, stable and reasonably successful democracy (and G20 member) at a time when the international game has changed. ASEAN, for many years the bedrock of Indonesian foreign policy, is seen as a constraint by some Indonesian officials. Meanwhile the crucial relationships with China place strains on regional unity, while the new politics of global warming and carbon trading, the need to defuse violence in the name of Islam, and growing international flows of people pose new challenges to the Indonesian leadership.

Indonesia has often been seen as punching below its weight in world affairs, and as a consumer rather than a producer of global trends and ideas. Under-performance of the education and legal systems makes it difficult for Indonesia to act on the world stage as its size merits. Yet the globalising influences are as strong there as anywhere. The 2011 Indonesia Update aims to consider Indonesia’s place as both consumer and producer of global trends in this newly interconnected world.

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