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Senior Indonesian pro-democracy reformer & political leader visits CDI
Canberra | 5-6 March 2013


CDI was very pleased to sponsor a visit to the Australian National University by Dr Hassan Wirajuda, a member of the President of Indonesia’s Advisory Council, former Foreign Minister and leading figure in the promotion of democracy in Indonesia and the Southeast Asian region. Dr Wirajuda visited ANU on 5-6 March 2013 and was the central figure in a program of events organised by CDI around the issue of the role of democracy in Indonesia’s post-Suharto foreign policy.

From the beginning of Indonesia’s era of reformasi (reform) after 1998, Dr Wirajuda was a key architect of the reorientation of the country’s foreign relations. This applied both to responding to the new realities of policy-making in a democratic environment and to the challenges of integrating pro-democratic initiatives into Indonesia’s regional and global relations.

For CDI, one of the most important recent initiatives in which Dr Wirajuda has played a central part has been the foundation in 2008 of the Institute of Peace and Democracy (IPD) in Bali, the implementing agency for the multi-governmental Bali Democracy Forum (BDF). He is Patron of IPD and is closely involved in the strategic direction of both the BDF and IPD. From its formation, the Institute has been one of CDI’s key partner institutions in Indonesia, promoting the strengthening of democratic institutions within Indonesia and supporting regional pro-democracy activities with participants from across the Asia-Pacific. Dr Wirajuda was accompanied in his visit to ANU by the Executive Director of IPD, Dr Ketut Erawan.

During his program in Canberra, Dr Wirajuda delivered a public lecture on 5 March entitled “Indonesian diplomacy and the promotion of democracy in Southeast Asia and beyond”. The event was attended by over one hundred and fifty scholars and students from ANU and other universities, as well as representatives from the diplomatic community, think-tanks, NGOs and other interested people.

Click on this link to view the video of this event:

  Event Video: Dr Hassan Wirajuda “Indonesian diplomacy and the promotion of democracy in Southeast Asia and beyond” | 5 March 2013 | ANU



On the following day, CDI Director Dr Stephen Sherlock led an in-depth interchange between Dr Wirajuda and Dr Erawan and around twenty members of the Canberra academic and policy community in a roundtable discussion on Indonesia’s role in promoting regional integration and democracy. CDI also took the opportuSnity to hold planning discussions with Dr Wirajuda and Dr Erawan on upcoming programs of cooperation between CDI and IPD. Both our distinguished guests also made a courtesy call on the ANU's Vice Chancellor, Prof Ian Young.

Click on these links for more about CDI and our Indonesia and IPD related work:

  CDI & Indonesia



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The Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) supports the efforts of democracies in the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen their political systems. It provides training, technical assistance and peer support for parliamentarians, political party organisers and emerging leaders in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, with a particular focus on Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. CDI sponsors research and publications on political change and democratic governance.

Established in 1998, CDI is funded by the Australian Government. The Centre is based in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

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