An Analysis of Indonesia’s Foreign Policy under Jokowi
REGIONAL STRATEGIC AND POLITICAL STUDIES PROGRAMME SEMINAR
About the Seminar
Indonesian President Jokowi’s first term in office will be coming to an end in 2019. He is seeking re-election for a second term in office by contesting the next presidential election, which is scheduled for April 2019. As would be expected, much of the assessment of Jokowi’s first term in office has been focused on his administration’s domestic policies and politics. Notwithstanding the importance of domestic considerations, this seminar will provide an assessment of Indonesia’s foreign policy under the Jokowi administration, and also its prognosis after the 2019 presidential election. After reviewing the core thrusts and strands of Indonesia’s foreign policy under Jokowi, this seminar will appraise specifically Indonesia’s bilateral relations with the two major powers, China and the US, medium powers, India and Japan, and maritime neighbours, Malaysia and Singapore.
About the Speaker
Mr Meidyatama Suryodiningrat, better known as Dymas, is President Director of Antara news agency (LKBN Antara) in Indonesia. LKBN Antara is not only one of the main arms of the government’s public communications with a network of over 34 bureaus across the archipelago, but also the largest content distributor of news content in the country to over 250 media and other government and private offices in Indonesia and abroad. Mr Suryodiningrat has previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Jakarta Post for about six years. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of PT IMQ Multimedia Utama and PT ANPA International. With a background and experience in journalism spanning more than two decades,
Mr Suryodiningrat continues to write op-ed pieces, columns and essays on a wide range of subjects related to socio-political affairs and foreign policy of Indonesia. He has also worked for two years outside of journalism as an analyst for a Jakarta-based strategic consulting firm which engages in government and community relations. Mr Suryodiningrat was also a research fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He received a Bachelor’s degree (majoring in Political Science and History) from Carleton University in Ottawa, and attended graduate school at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada.