The SIIA is pleased to invite you to the above lunch dialogue with Mr Jusuf Wanandi, a founder member of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Indonesia and a member of its Supervisory Board.
We will ask our guest to share his perspectives on the shifts of power in Indonesia, as between the President and other institutions, especially the Parliament. As the first president to be directly elected by the people under the new constitution, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono can claim to enjoy both popular and constitutional legitimacy. Yet, in recent years, the Parliament has also developed into a much more active institution that more strongly represents different views and questions government decisions. Moreover, the President’s party holds only a small percentage of the seats in Parliament.
What factors drive the relationships between the President and Parliament in deciding policies in Indonesia today? What roles are the opposition parties and former Presidents and presidential hopefuls playing? What are the prospects for a unified, stable and effective government that can restore stability and investor confidence?
Mr Jusuf Wanandi is very well placed to consider these important questions. He is a founder of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta, the country’s best known think tank, and has been active in the Indonesian politics since the 1950s. He is also the Chairman of the Indonesian National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and the President Director of the Jakarta Post, a well known national English daily in Jakarta. A lawyer by training, Jusuf is one of the best known commentators in the region, and has written extensively in national and international magazines and newspapers, and edited a number of books on political and security developments in the Asia Pacific region.