ANU Indonesia Project News no. 24, July-December 2017


Speakers, convenors and chairs of the 2017 Indonesia Update on Globalisation, nationalism and sovereignty.

Speakers, convenors and chairs of the 2017 Indonesia Update on Globalisation, nationalism and sovereignty.



ANU Indonesia Project would like to welcome Mari Pangestu on board as the third Thee Kian Wie Distinguished Visiting Professor. Professor Pangestu served as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade from 2004 to 2011, and as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy from 2011 until October 2014. She has acquired vast experience over 25 years in academia, international organizations and government, working in areas related to international trade and investment in the multilateral, regional, and domestic setting.

Budy Resosudarmo from ANU Indonesia Project is appointed as Professor of Economics at The Australian National University. We would like to congratulate Professor Resosudarmo for this great achievement. Professor Resosudarmo is the first Indonesian to hold a professorship in economics in Australia. Read more >>



Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum

The 2017 Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum was held on 4 July in Jakarta and was in its fifth year. It was attended by more than 160 people. This event is a joint program with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies since its inception. The Hadi Soesastro Lecture on Why Indonesia must show the way on trade strategy was delivered by Peter Drysdale from ANU with Mari Pangestu as the discussant. The lecture was preceded by the launch of the 2016 Update Book, Digital Indonesia: connectivity and convergence, edited by Edwin Jurriens and Ross Tapsell. The book was launched by the Indonesian Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Mr Rudiantara. A book discussion by book editors and authors, Edwin Jurriens, Ross Tapsell, Grace Dewi, Onno Purbo and Kathleen Azali, followed the launch. Read more >>


Digital Indonesia book discussion panel.

Digital Indonesia book discussion panel.


2016 Book Launches in Indonesia and Australia

Update Book, Digital Indonesia: connectivity and divergence, was also launched at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) in Bandung, Universitas Sam Ratulangi in Manado, the University of Adelaide, The Australian National University, the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne and lastly at the Queensland University of Technology. The book was launched at ANU by the Indonesian Ambassador for Australia, His Excellency Mr Kristiarto Legowo. All events, including book discussions in Sydney, Melbourne, Manado and Bandung, were well attended. The book was well received for being the first of its kind in Indonesia, as it presented a groundbreaking analysis of the impact of digitalisation in one of the world’s most diverse, geographically vast nations. Read more >>


Thee Kian Wie Visiting Professorship

Mari Elka Pangestu, ANU Indonesia Project's Thee Kian Wie Distinguish Professor.

Mari Elka Pangestu, ANU Indonesia Project’s Thee Kian Wie Distinguish Professor.


The Thee Kian Wie (TKW) distinguished visiting professorship is a joint initiative by DFAT and ANU to honour the contributions of the late Dr Thee Kian Wie. A highly distinguished Indonesian economist is invited to take up a visiting position each year in the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics for up to three months during the period of appointment. The third appointee is Professor Mari Pangestu. As part of Professor Pangestu’s first visit (11- 19 September) as TKW Distinguished Visiting Professor, she convened the 2017 Indonesia Update along with Arianto Patunru (ANU) and M Chatib Basri (University of Indonesia).


2017 Indonesia Update

Indonesia Update Conference 2017. Globalisation, nationalism and sovereignty. Canberra, 15-16 September 2017.

Indonesia Update Conference 2017. Globalisation, nationalism and sovereignty. Canberra, 15-16 September 2017.

The 35th Indonesia Update conference on Indonesia in the world: globalisation, nationalism and sovereignty, was held on 15-16 September. The conference was convened by Mari Pangestu, M Chatib Basri, both from Universitas Indonesia, and Arianto Patunru from ANU. It involved 32 speakers, convenors and session chairs. The Indonesia Update was one of the largest Updates held, with 550 people attended the two-day conference.

The conference addressed key issues around globalisation, nationalism and sovereignty in modern Indonesia. Topics included the historical dynamics of Indonesia’s engagement with the global world, its stance in the South China Sea and the emergence of new nationalism. Speakers also examined nationalism in practice and the impact of and response to globalisation, as well as poverty, inequality and gender issues.

2017 Mini Indonesia Updates in Adelaide and Sydney

As a follow up to the Indonesia Update conference, ANU Indonesia Project extends part of the conference to other cities in Australia – these events are named “Mini Indonesia Update”. This year we collaborate with the Lowy Institute in Sydney and the Institute for International Trade at the University of Adelaide.

Indonesia in the new world at the Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide.

Indonesia in the new world at the Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide.


The Mini Update in Adelaide, Indonesia in the new world was held on 18 September, with Chatib Basri (Universitas Indonesia), Arief Yusuf (Universitas Padjadjaran),  Titik Anas (Presisi Indonesia) as speakers, and chaired by Professor Christopher Findlay (University of Adelaide). The seminar was attended by around 30 participants, one-third were female, and mostly academics and post-graduate students.

A Political and Economic Update on Indonesia were held on the same day at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, on 17 October 2017. This is the twelfth time Lowy Institute held the abbreviated Sydney edition. A full house of about 100 people–including His Excellency David Hurley, Governor of NSW and former Chief of the Australian Defence Force–listened to shortened presentations from the annual Indonesia Update by Mari Pangestu and Raden Pardede (on Indonesian economics) and Thomas Power (on Indonesian politics). The event was chaired by Lowy’s East Asia Program Research Fellow, Aaron Connelly. Read more >>


Public Lecture by Suahasil Nazara

Suahasil Nazara presented a public lecture titled Tax reform to accelerate Indonesian economic growth at ANU on 2 November 2017. Suahasil Nazara is the Chairman of the Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF) at the Ministry of Finance, Republic of Indonesia. He is also a key economic advisor to the Indonesian Minister of Finance Dr Sri Mulyani Indrawati and a professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business Universitas Indonesia.

The event was attended by approximately 70 people. Presentation file and podcast of this event is available.


Pre-High Level Policy Dialogue

During the pre-HLPD in Canberra. Suahasil Nazara and Indonesian Ministry of Finance team met with Indonesianists and team from DFAT and The Treasury at ANU

During the pre-HLPD in Canberra. Suahasil Nazara and Indonesian Ministry of Finance team met with Indonesianists and team from DFAT and The Treasury at ANU


ANU Indonesia Project together with the Australian Treasury and the Indonesian Ministry of Finance organised a pre-High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) at ANU on 2 November 2017. Suahasil Nazara, Chairman of BKF, led the Indonesian delegation and Blane Lewis led the ANU academics. The dialogue was attended by representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), The Treasury, the Indonesian Embassy and ANU PhD students. Read more >>



Meeting with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

A meeting with DFAT in conjunction with the Indonesian Update.

A meeting with DFAT in conjunction with the Indonesian Update.

A number of meetings were held between ANU Indonesia Project and DFAT in the second semester of 2017. These meetings included one hosted by DFAT in June between M Chatib Basri, Thee Kian Wie Distinguished Visiting Professor, and DFAT. A meeting in conjunction of Indonesia Update was held in September, attended by Elcid Li, Anis Hidayah, Shafiah Muhibat, Mari Pangestu, speakers and co-convenor of the 2017 Indonesia Update, and Budy Resosudarmo from ANU. Read more >>



Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES)

The August 2017 issue (53.2) of the BIES features Armida S. Alisjahbana and Jonah M. Busch’s Survey of Recent Developments, on forestry, forest fires, and climate change, and M. Chatib Basri’s Indonesia in Comparative Perspective article, based on his Sadli Lecture, on the lessons that India and Indonesia learned from the 2013 taper tantrum.

The December 2017 issue (53.3; forthcoming) opens with a Survey by Raden Pardede and Shirin Zahro on Indonesia’s domestic demand problem. It also includes articles by Vedi R. Hadiz, on Indonesia’s year of democratic setbacks; Maheshwar Rao and Yogi Vidyattama, on the economic cost of violent conflict in Maluku; Nashrul Wajdi, Sri Moertiningsih Adioetomo, and Clara H. Mulder, on interregional migration; and Stephen V. Marks, on non-tariff trade regulations. Read more >>

BIES Economic Dialogue and Forums

Now in its fifth year, the BIES Economic Dialogue was held in Bandung on 11 December 2017. The paper discussed was titled Non-tariff trade regulations in Indonesia: nominal and effective rates of protection by Professor Stephen Marks from Pomona College, USA, published in the December 2017 issue of BIES. Discussions were also held at four other universities in Indonesia: Universitas Sriwijaya in Palembang (12 December), Universitas Mataram (14 December), Universitas Udayana, Denpasar (15 December) and Institut Pertanian Bogor (18 December). Read more >>


Forum Kajian Pembangunan (FKP)

Nineteen FKP presentations were held this semester, and there were 900 participants recorded in total, of which approximately half of the attendees were female. The FKP was instrumental in staging many important seminars in this period, including BIES Economic Forum and Dialogue on the topic of non-tariff measures in Indonesia. Other topics including corruption, governance and inequality in Indonesia (hosted by the SMERU Research Institute), impact of local spending (hosted by Universitas Sriwijaya) and economics of relationships and family life (hosted by LPEM FEB UI) plus many others. Read more >>


Indonesia Study Group (ISG)

During Marcus Mietzner's Indonesia Study Group seminar last December.

During Marcus Mietzner’s Indonesia Study Group seminar last December.


Eleven ISG seminars were held between July and December 2017 with twelve speakers in total. Speakers spoke on various aspects of Indonesian society, from rice price, infrastructure, hoax media, to traditional music instrument and intolerance in Indonesia.

The three most popular seminars were: a seminar on rice fracas by Arianto Patunru, the role of social media and hoax media during the election by Ross Tapsell from ANU, and lastly, a seminar on the 2016 Islamist mobilisation and its impact on intolerance among Indonesian muslims by Marcus Mietzner from ANU (based from a joint survey with Burhanuddin Muhtadi and Rizka Halida from Lembaga Survey Indonesia). Seminar by Marcus Mietzner was streamed live and available from this page. Read more >>


Visiting Fellowship

Four Visiting Fellows were hosted from July to December 2017. Budi Aji (Universitas Jenderal Soedirman), Akhmad Rizal Shidiq (Leiden University) and Ludia Wambrauw (University of Papua) visited as part of ANU Indonesia Project Visiting Fellows program. Aji and Shidiq presented their ongoing research at the Indonesia Study Group, and Wambrauw presented her ongoing research during a discussion group in the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics. Raden Pardede from CReco Consulting visited ANU Indonesia Project as part of Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies’ survey of recent developments. He presented his findings in the 2017 Indonesia Update in the Economic Update session. Read more >>


Research Travel Grants

Two Research Travel Grants recipients, Mitchell Morrison from Monash University and Jacob Wray from ANU, presented their research findings during an Indonesia Study Group seminar 22 November at ANU. Mitchell Morrison presented a topic on the music of talo balak ensemble of Lampung, Sumatra and Jacob Wray presented research on Indonesia and the Japanese occupation based on private memories and national histories.

A new round of applications for Research Travel Grants is now available, with the deadline for submission on 31 March.



2017 IRSA Conference in Manado

ANU Indonesia Project has been supporting the Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) ( and its annual conferences since 2001 by participating in the management of the conference, sponsoring one or two international academics to give the keynote speeches in the conference and actively participating and presenting Project staff’s research activities in the conference. This year, a number of staff and PhD students from ANU Indonesia Project participated once again at the 2017 IRSA conference on 17-18 July in Manado, North Sulawesi. Howard Dick, who sits on the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies Editorial Board, presented the keynote speech on Maritime infrastructure and networks in an area of global logistics. Budy Resosudarmo, Sarah Dong, Arianto Patunru, Ariane Utomo, Yessi Vadila, Umbu Reku Raya from ANU also presented and chaired in this conference. Read more >>

2017 Young Scientist Forum

The Young Scientist Forum (YSF) was initiated in 2015 to inspire and encourage Indonesian students to embark on international study and career in research. In each YSF, young Indonesian scientists share their professional experiences. This year, YSF was held at Universitas Indonesia and also at Hasanuddin University in Makassar and Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) in Surabaya on 12 September and 1 and 2 November. Edbert Jarvis Sie, Satrio Wicaksono, Andi Masyitha Irwan, Wahyu Bambang Widayatno and Dhimas Widhi Hamdani were the young scientists speaking at these events. Read more >>

In conversation with Leila S Chudori

We invited Leila S Chudori, a well-known Indonesian author and journalist from Tempo, to talk about her creative process and the socio-political ambience against which she constructs her literary works. The event, In conversation with Leila S Chudori, took place at ANU on 13 November. Amrih Widodo, a cultural anthropologist, and Danang Widoyoko, a former student activist, sat in the panel to discuss not only Ms Chudori’s latest book, Laut bercerita (The sea speaks his name), but also many of her previous works. An article based on this event was published in the Jakarta Post. Read more >>

Public Lecture at Gadjah Mada University by Professor Peter Warr

Peter Warr, ANU John Crawford Professor of Agricultural Economics, presented a public lecture on Anti-globalisation, poverty and inequality in Indonesia, based on his research with Arief Anshory Yusuf from Padjajaran University. In his talk, Peter Warr raised the issue of increasing inequality in Indonesia, one of the most severe in the world.

The lecture was held at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta on 15 December and was attended by approximately 100 people. The event was opened Eko Suwardi, Dean of Faculty of Economics and Business, UGM. Read more >>



We participated in the 2017 Indonesia Council Open Conference in Adelaide on 3-4 July. Digital Indonesia book launch was held during the conference, and Budy Resosudarmo together with Umbu Raya from Nusa Cendana University presented their research on Traditional social institution and development outcome in eastern Indonesia.

Howard Dick and Budy Resosudarmo visited Gorontalo State University in the city of Gorontalo, Gorontalo Province, on 13 July where Dr Resosudarmo gave an introduction about BIES, ANU Indonesia Project’s educational library through its YouTube channel and our activities.

ANU Indonesia Project visited the Centre of Southeast Asia Research (CSEAR) at the University of British Columbia from 11-14 November. Budy Resosudarmo took this opportunity to promote the Project’s activities and to discuss feasible collaboration.

We also visited the Faculty of Economics and Business Universitas Udayana on 15 December as part of the BIES Economic Forum. Budy Resosudarmo also presented a lecture titled Research on regional development in Indonesia: new directions and challenges in this visit. Read more >>

ANU Indonesia Project participated in a seminar on Regional development strategy for East Nusa Tenggara in Kupang on 19 December as part of East Nusa Tenggara Investment Development Expo aimed to provide inputs to the medium-term development strategy for the province.

The China Society of Emerging Economies presented ANU Indonesia Project’s Pierre van der Eng with the best paper award at its annual conference in Guangzhou during 3-5 November 2017.



  • Forum Kajian Pembangunan (FKP) Roadshow is going to be held at Universitas Syiah Kuala, Universitas Jember and Universitas Hasanuddin on 12-15 February 2018.
  • The 2018 High Level Policy Dialogue is going to be held on 26-27 March in Jakarta.
  • Deadlines of application and proposal submissions for the following programs: ANU Indonesia Project and SMERU Research Institute Research Grants 2018/2019, ANU Indonesia Project Research Travel Grants and Visiting Fellowship is 31 March 2018.
  • Dr Fukunari Kimura (ERIA and Keio University) is going to deliver the 12th Sadli Lecture titled Value chain connectivity in Indonesia: the evolution of unbundlings. It will be held in Jakarta on 2 May.
  • The Mubyarto Public Policy Forum, now in its second year, is going to be held at Universitas Gadjah Mada on 3 May. Professor Sri Adiningsih will deliver a keynote speech and Dr Fukunari Kimura will speak about value chain connectivity in Indonesia: the evolution of unbundlings.
  • The 2017 Update book on globalisation, nationalism and sovereignty is going to be launched during the 2018 Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum in Jakarta in early July. Book launches will also be held in other cities in Indonesia and Australia.
  • The 2018 Indonesia Update, Contested belonging: the place of minorities in Indonesia, convened by Greg Fealy and Ronit Ricci, is going to be held on 14-15 September.