CSIS Lecture Series on Regional Dynamics The Indonesian Way in ASEAN: Indonesia Foreign Policy 20-Years after Reformasi in a New Era of Uncertainty

14 Mar 2019 1.30 PM - 14 Mar 2019 3.00 PM
CSIS Meeting Room (R.542)
SPEAKER(s)
Jürgen Rüland

Professor Jürgen Rüland studied Political Science, History and German Literature at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science (1981) and his habilitation degree from the University of Freiburg (1989). Previously he worked as a research ...

CSIS Lecture Series on Regional Dynamics

The Indonesian Way in ASEAN:
Indonesia Foreign Policy 20-Years after Reformasi
in a New Era of Uncertainty

 

Speaker

Jürgen Rüland        

Chairperson of the University of Freiburg’s Southeast Asia Program

 

Since ASEAN’s formation in 1967, Indonesia has always been committed to play a leading role in regional affairs. However, Indonesia’s tone has changed following its 1998 democratic transition (Reformasi) that also affected its foreign policy positioning – from a stalwart of “non-interference” to an avid supporter of democracy and human rights promotion in the region. Although many observers argued that in the process Indonesian attitudes towards regionalism were influenced by European ideas, Professor Jürgen Rüland will show that this is a premature interpretation. Such a marked change of foreign policy and cooperation norms is even less likely, the more the return of great power contestation between the US and China impacts on the region and creates new uncertainties. The concluding part of the lecture will therefore discuss how domestic, regional and global constellations impact on Indonesia’s ASEAN policies and ASEAN’s cohesion as a regional organization.

 

About the Speaker

 

Professor Jürgen Rüland studied Political Science, History and German Literature at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science (1981) and his habilitation degree from the University of Freiburg (1989). Previously he worked as a research fellow at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute Freiburg (1978-1991) and held professorships at the University of Passau (1991-1993) and the University of Rostock (1993-1998). Since 1998 he is professor for International Relations at the University of Freiburg. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities IV (2000-2002), as Director of the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute Freiburg (2001-2007) and as Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board of the GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Hamburg (2006-2014). Since November 2009 Prof Rüland is the Chairperson of the University of Freiburg’s Southeast Asia Program.

 

About the Lecture Series

 

A regular event of the Department of International Relations of Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), #CSISLectureSeries on Regional Dynamics aims at broadening interests amongst policy makers, intellectuals and diplomatic community for the rapidly evolving dynamics in the Indo-Pacific, as well as generating critical yet constructive policy debates on prominent issues in the region. Current and emerging powers of the Indo-Pacific are engrossed in a complex web of security uncertainties and economic interdependencies. Within this geopolitically important region, Indonesia and the rest of Southeast Asia are at the centre of the shift in gravity. This lecture series features prominent scholars and policy makers, who present their views on the dynamics in the region and the consequent strategic concerns.

 

Previous distinguished speakers include Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Indonesia), Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah (Foreign Minister, Malaysia), Mark Field (Minister for Asia & the Pacific, United Kingdom), Deborah W. Nutter (Tufts University), Amitav Acharya (American University), Christian Leffler (European Union), and John Blaxland (Australian National University).