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Indonesia Update Conference 2011

Indonesia's Place in the World

30 September–1 October 2011

VENUE: Coombs Lecture Theatre, H C Coombs Building, No. 9
Cnr Fellows Road and Garran Road, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200

OUTLINE: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. Underperformance 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.

The conference is free of charge.

Conference Convenors

Anthony Reid and Michael O'Shannassy
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
Email: anthony.reid@anu.edu.au ; michael.oshannassy@anu.edu.au

Conference Administrator

Indonesia Project
The Arndt-Corden Department of Economics
Crawford School of Public Policy
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
Phone: 61 2 6125 3794
Fax: 61 2 6125 3700
Email: indonesia.project@anu.edu.au


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