Beginning Sunday, thirty young leaders from Australia and Indonesia will gather in Jakarta to exchange ideas about how to strengthen the relationship between our two countries as part of the Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY).
After the success of the inaugural CAUSINDY held in Canberra last year, we’re excited to bring the conference to Indonesia for the first time.
If you’re in Jakarta, we’ve got a great lineup of conference sessions open to the public, and we’d love to see you there. If you can’t make it, keep up with the conference on Twitter by following @Causindy and joining in at the hashtag #Causindy.
In the news
- Australians in Jakarta paused to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the bombing outside the Australian Embassy. Read Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s tribute to those lost.
- Controversy over plans to abolish direct elections for local government leaders has dominated politics this week. Jakarta’s outspoken Deputy Governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, resigned from his Gerindra party in protest over its leadership’s stance, as other local leaders voice their opposition.
- Prominent journalist Endi Bayuni and former Ambassador to Australia Sabam Siagian write that security ties are undermined by lack of strategic trust.
- The Jakarta Globe has been covering in depth the 10-year anniversary of the murder of human rights activist Munir Said Thalib.
- Waiting for Foxconn: the WSJ takes a look at a high-profile plan for investment in tech manufacturing in Indonesia which never seems to materialise.
- Also at the WSJ: Foreign Minister Dr Marty Natalegawa reflects on his five years in the job.
- Hamish McDonald takes a critical look at president-elect Joko Widodo’s transition team.
- @WJournal takes a trip down to Surabaya’s historic Arab neighbourhood.
Events and opportunities
- Canberra, 19-20 September: the Australian National University’s annual Indonesia Update Conference focuses on the political, economic and foreign policy legacy of outgoing president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Check out the conference site for the full program and registration details.