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.
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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.
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