Democracy, Corruption, and Law Enforcement: Challenges in Achieving Grand Indonesia 2045


About the Hybrid Seminar

Indonesia stands at a critical juncture in its political and socio-economic development, striving to transition from a middle-income to a high-income nation by 2045. Despite notable democratic advancements since the start of the Reformasi movement, Indonesia continues to grapple with pervasive corruption that undermines public trust and stymies economic growth. Effective law enforcement is crucial in curbing corrupt practices and fostering a transparent business environment essential for high-income status. Nonetheless, there are myriad factors that could impede the effort to achieve good and transparent governance. This seminar delves into the intricate interplay between democratic governance, corruption, and the efficacy of law enforcement in shaping the country’s economic trajectory. The speaker will explore the systemic challenges and policy solutions required to achieve the Grand Indonesia 2045 vision.

About the Speaker

Prof. Mahfud MD is a former Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal and Security Affairs (2019-2024). His political journey shows his vast experience in various roles in all three branches of government: legislative, executive and judicial. Mahfud is the first civilian to hold the Coordinating Minister role, breaking away from the tradition of military dominance. His political journey began in 2000 as Defense Minister (2000-2001) and later as Law and Human Rights Minister (2001) under the presidency of Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid. In 2004, Mahfud continued his political journey by becoming a legislator (2004-2008) at the House of Representatives, in which he represented the National Awakening Party (PKB) in various commissions. He was elected as a justice for the Constitutional Court in 2008.

In the 2024 Presidential election, Mahfud emerged as the Vice Presidential running mate for Ganjar Pranowo, supported by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP). Mahfud has a strong affiliation with Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the organization which gave birth to the National Awakening Party (PKB). Mahfud is also a teaching staff and Professor at the Faculty of Law, Indonesian Islamic University (UII) Yogyakarta.

Attending the Event In-person at ISEAS

To join the event in-person at ISEAS, please register via the ISEAS mobile app, available on iOS and Android via the Apple or Play store. Search “ISEAS” to find or scan this QR code.

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Attending the Event Virtually via Webinar

To join the event virtually at the specified date and time using your internet devices, please register here to receive your unique login link for the webinar via the zoom platform.

If you have questions for the speaker, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speakers during the Q&A session.


Jul 04 2024


10:00 am - 11:30 am

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ISEAS Seminar Room 2 / Webinar