Seminar: Influences on Indonesian Students in Egypt and Turkey



About the Seminar
ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute is honoured to host an exclusive preview of a major new report, Indonesian Students in Egypt and Turkey, co-authored by Sidney Jones and Navhat Nuraniyah from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict in Jakarta and Anthony Bubalo from the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia. This report will be launched in Sydney, Australia next week. The report, based on extensive face-to-face interviews of Indonesian students studying across Egypt and Turkey, analyses their views of the Islamic State phenomenon, the relationship between Islam and democracy, and the significant cultural and religious differences between Indonesia and their host states. The report concluded:

“Despite the fact that all the students we interviewed were religious students, religion was only one criterion by which they judged political events and leaders. Finally, and perhaps most importantly for an age when Western political leaders still talk loosely and superficially about Islam and Muslims, our interviews with Indonesian students underlined how far off the mark such a monolithic view of the Islamic faith and its faithful really are.”

About the Speakers

Sidney Jones is the Director of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) based in Jakarta. From 2002 to 2013, Jones worked with the International Crisis Group, first as Southeast Asia project director, then from 2007 as senior adviser to the Asia program. Before joining Crisis Group, she worked for the Ford Foundation in Jakarta and New York (1977-84); Amnesty International in London as the Indonesia-Philippines-Pacific researcher (1985-88); and Human Rights Watch in New York as the Asia director (1989-2002).

Navhat Nuraniyah is an analyst at IPAC. Before joining IPAC in 2014, she worked as a researcher on terrorism and radicalisation in Indonesia at the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore. She holds a Master of Arts in International Relations, with Honours, and a Master of Diplomacy from the Australian National University. She obtained a BA in International Relations from Muhammadiyah University Yogyakarta and was trained in Arabic and Islamic studies at pesantrens in East Java and Yogyakarta.

Anthony Bubalo is the Deputy Director and Research Director at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He has also produced research on a variety of Middle Eastern issues, including Middle East – Asia linkages, Islamism, democratisation, terrorism and energy security. He comments on Middle Eastern politics for the Australian and international media outlets. He has written for The Australian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Financial Times, Ha’aretz and Asahi Shimbun newspapers as well as The American Interest and Before joining the Lowy Institute Anthony was an officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He served in Australian diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia and Israel and was Middle East Analyst with the Office of National Assessments from 1996 to 1998.

For registration, please fill in this form and email to by 5 April 2016.


Apr 06 2016


10:00 am - 11:30 am


ISEAS Seminar Room 2