U.S.-Indonesia Relations in the Current Context of East and Southeast Asia with Ambassador Parnohadiningrat, Donald Emmerson and Gordon Hein.
From record-breaking tsunamis and the bird flu to sectarian conflict and the undertaking of the country's first democratic national elections in 2004, Indonesian society has experienced its share of recent challenges. Ambassador Parnohadiningrat joins the Council to discuss progress and continued challenges in the region and relations with the United States.
Director, Southeast Asia Forum, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University
Donald Emmerson is director of the Southeast Asia Forum (SEAF) at Shorenstein APARC, a senior fellow at FSI, and an affiliated scholar with the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. He has taught courses on Southeast Asia in International Relations and International Policy Studies and for the Bing Overseas Studies Program.
Publications by Emmerson in 2005-2006 include: "Shocks of Recognition: Leifer, Realism, and Regionalism in Southeast Asia" in Order and Security in Southeast Asia (2006); "Garuda and Eagle: Do Birds of A (Democratic) Feather Fly Together?" The Indonesian Quarterly (2006); "One Nation under God? History, Faith, and Identity in Indonesia" in Religion and Religiosity in the Philippines and Indonesia (2006); "Security, Community, and Democracy in Southeast Asia: Analyzing ASEAN," Japanese Journal of Political Science (August 2005); "What Do the Blind-sided See? Reapproaching Regionalism in Southeast Asia," The Pacific Review (March 2005); and "What Is Indonesia?" in Indonesia: The Great Transition (2005). Earlier publications, authored or edited, include upwards of a dozen monographs and a hundred articles or book chapters.
Emmerson serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Democracy and the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs. In 2005-2006 he was a member of two study groups focused on ASEAN and regionalism in Southeast Asia - a Task Force on East Asia Community-Building and U.S. Policy (Asia Foundation), and a Strategic Dialogue on New Power Dynamics in Southeast Asia (Stanley Foundation). In 2002-2004 he took part in two other working groups on U.S.-Asian relations and served on a SEAF-cosponsored National Commission on U.S.-Indonesian Relations. The Commission's report led to Congressional hearings and an executive-branch initiative to assist Indonesian education. He has testified before Congress on Asian affairs on several occasions.
Vice President of Programs, The Asia Foundation
Gordon Hein is vice president of Programs at The Asia Foundation, with responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of the Foundation's programs throughout the region. He joined the Foundation in 1981 as assistant country representative in Indonesia, and from 1987 to 1991 served as the Foundation's country representative there. From 1981 to 1987 he served as the Foundation's area director for Southeast Asia programs, and from 1991 to 1994 as the Foundation's director of Program Planning and Review. Dr. Hein has written widely and is a frequent speaker on various topics related to the Asia-Pacific region, including governance and democratization issues and U.S.-Asia relations.
Prior to joining the Foundation, he was a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia. He also taught in the Political Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
Amb. H E Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat
Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United States
Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat became ambassador of Indonesia to the United States on Jan. 13, 2006. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1981, Ambassador Parnohadiningrat has served multilateral postings in Geneva (1982-84; 1989-92), Vienna (1984-86) and New York (1996-98). Ambassador Parnohadiningrat most recently held the post of secretary-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, concurrently serving as the Indonesian senior official meeting leader to ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). In 2005, he was elected chairman of the main committee of the Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference and in 2004, chaired the Third PrepComm for the 2005 NPT Review Conference in New York. In April 2002, he completed an 11-month tenure as ambassador to Australia and Vanuatu during the time of the East Timor conflict.
In 1999, as secretary of the Indonesian Task Force for the Implementation of the Popular Consultations in East Timor, Ambassador Parnohadiningrat led 76 Indonesian diplomats to work with the United Nations on the elections in East Timor. He also worked on the issue of East Timor as director of International Organization in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as head of the Indonesian delegation to the bilateral Indonesia-East Timor meetings in 2000 to 2001.
Ambassador Parnohadiningrat holds a bachelorâ€™s degree in international relations from the University of Gajah Mada in Indonesia and studied at the School of International and Political Affairs at Columbia University.