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Indonesian diplomacy and the promotion of democracy in Southeast Asia and beyond

Forum, 5 March, 2013
Dr N. Hassan Wirajuda


Dr N. Hassan Wirajuda, former Foreign Minister of Indonesia from 2001 to 2009 is currently a member of the Council of Presidential Advisors of the Republic of Indonesia, the International Advisory Panel of Nalanda University-India, and the High Level Informal Advisory Panel of the President of the 67th UN General Assembly and the Editor-in Chief of Strategic Review - The Indonesian Journal of Leadership, Policy and World Affairs.

He initiated the Bali Democracy Forum in 2008 and its implementing agency, the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD), in which he is Patron. He is also founding member of the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC) and was member of the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security chaired by Kofi Annan.

A lawyer by training and a diplomat by choice, Dr Wirajuda has held several important posts including Director-General of Political Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2000-2001), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva(1998-2000), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Egypt (1997-1998), and Director of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affair (1993-1997).

In 1989-1993, Dr Wirajuda established the Indonesian Commission of Human Rights. In 1993-1996, he also facilitated the peace talks between Moro National Liberation Front and the Government of the Philippines that led to the signing of the Final Peace Agreement in September 1996. For this achievement, Dr Wirajuda received the prestigious Order of Sikatuna Award from the Government of the Philippines in 2008. He conducted the dialogue between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) in 2000-2001. He was the proponent of the ASEAN Political and Security Community (of the three pillars of ASEAN Community) and the establishment of an ASEAN human rights body. He actively championed for an inclusive and balanced East Asia integration process.

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Indonesian diplomacy and the promotion of democracy in Southeast Asia and beyond

Forum, 5 March 2013
Dr N. Hassan Wirajuda

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