CSIS Renews Washington-based Derwin Pereira Indonesia Initiative
January 6, 2015
WASHINGTON, January 6, 2015 – The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) announced that it is renewing the Derwin Pereira Indonesia Initiative (DPII) in 2015.
In recognition of the strategic importance of a rising Indonesia, CSIS partnered with Derwin Pereira in 2012 to create the Derwin Pereira Indonesia Initiative, a speaker series which focused on key issues relating to Indonesia’s foreign policy, security and political posture, trade and investment, and social development.
With the election of President Joko Widodo earlier this year, Indonesia is facing new opportunities and challenges as it becomes a major player on the world stage. Indonesia is one of the United States’ key partners in the region, and the Comprehensive Partnership continues to evolve with new initiative and deepening cooperation. In this spirit, CSIS is happy to announce the renewal of the DPII.
Derwin Pereira, who has followed developments in Indonesia closely since 1995, said: “Indonesia’s rising power will be felt more tangibly in time. This project will capture the essence of its rise in the economic, political, and strategic fields. Jokowi’s presidency marks a transition from Suharto’s authoritarian-led growth to a more sustainable, democratically-based growth model, founded on transparency and accountability but also characterized by a laser-like focus on competence and effective governance.”
Ernest Bower, senior adviser and Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies at CSIS, will lead the DPII. He noted: "This initiative is both timely and important. Understanding how Indonesians view their economic development, foreign policy, national security, and President Jokowi's interpretations of those needs, will influence ASEAN, Asia, and the world. It is important for U.S. policy makers, business and civil society leaders, and the media to understand these views. Mr. Pereira's generous donation makes that possible."
The one-year initiative will build understanding and insight into Indonesia as its new administration establishes its agenda, and as the U.S.-Indonesian Comprehensive Partnership continues to evolve. The DPII will provide a platform for Indonesian government, business, and civil society leaders to engage with the U.S. policy community. These individuals will represent a diverse range of views and political perspectives, and will provide a deeper understanding of Indonesia to Washington, D.C. This will also support a concerted effort to produce in-depth analysis of U.S.-Indonesia relations on the CSIS Asia policy blog, cogitASIA.
Additional information about the initiative, including information about future events, past DPII speakers, and updates about the initiative can be found on the website, available here: http://csis.org/program/indonesia-initiative
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