Indonesia Study Group (ISG) in the first semester of 2015

During one of Indonesia Study Group seminars.

During one of Indonesia Study Group seminars.


There were 12 Indonesia Study Group seminars held in the first half of 2015. Topics covered included Indonesia’s policymakers’ chronic obsession with the Current Account Deficit, Indonesia’s foreign policy and the South China Sea, two Surveys of recent developments, one in January and one in May, reforming the Indonesian civil service, competition law in Indonesia and Thailand, an assessment of court decisions of corruption cases in Indonesia, musical travel and the socialist popular, and  three recipients of Indonesia Project Research Travel Grants presented research findings from their Indonesian field trips.
There were two outstanding ISG presentations that drew large audiences. Marcus Mietzner (Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU) delivered his talk, “Jokowi: From Electoral Sensation to Presidential Disappointment?”

The other was “Changing patterns of support for ISIS and al-Qaeda in Indonesia”, a presentation by Sidney Jones and Solahudin (Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC))
Both of these meetings were attended by more than 100 participants, more than a third of whom were female. The participants were mostly academics, government officials, students and the general public.

In general, a third to a half of attendants at ISG meetings are female. 6 presenters have been female, 4 presenters have been ANU academics and 12 have been from other institutions, namely the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta; University of Indonesia, Jakarta; Institute of Developing Economies, Chiba; Indonesian Civil Service Commission; University of Malaya; University of Tasmania; Monash University; Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta and the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC). The number of people attending ISG seminars is pretty much constant compared with previous semesters, with an average of 30 people for each seminar.

ISG presentations (audio and visuals) are usually available soon after the event for download from links on the ISG webpage.