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Indonesia in International Relations

January 27, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Flyer for the conference "Indonesia in International Relations", January 26-27, 2023

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of UNC President Dr. Frank Porter Graham negotiating the Renville Treaty during the Indonesian Revolution, and in recognition of Indonesia’s recent chairmanship of the G20, the Carolina Asia Center and the Office of the Vice-Provost for Global Affairs are proud to present a conference on Indonesia in International Relations, in collaboration with Universitas Pelita Harapan.

On 17 January 1948, under the auspices of a United Nations committee convened by then-president of UNC, Dr. Frank Porter Graham, the Indonesian Republican government under Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta signed the Renville Agreement, the first multi-lateral agreement in the country’s history. Since that date, Indonesia has had an important role in international relations, from the establishment of the Third World movement at the Bandung Conference in 1955 to its leadership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) since the 1970s.

In 2023, seventy-five years after Renville and shortly after Indonesia convenes the G20, the time is ripe to re-evaluate Indonesia’s position in international relations. How has Indonesia’s position in international relations evolved over time? What are the domestic drivers of Indonesia’s current foreign policy? Has Indonesia been underperforming on the international stage, as the fourth-most-populous country on earth and the country with the largest Muslim population?

This hybrid conference, co-convened by the Carolina Asia Center, UNC-Global, and Universitas Pelita Harapan’s program in International Relations, will examine Indonesia in international relations with both historical and contemporary perspectives, across two days.

Thursday, January 26, 2023, 8pm Eastern Standard Time (Friday, January 27, 2023, 8am Waktu Indonesia Barat)

  • Keynote from Amb. Piper Campbell, former US chargé d’affaires at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Hurst Senior Professional Lecturer in the School of International Service at American University
  • Response by Prof. Aleksius Jemadu, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Pelita Harapan

Friday, January 27, 2023, 8pm Eastern Standard Time (Saturday, January 28, 2023, 8am Waktu Indonesia Barat)

  • Dr. Yosef Djakababa, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Pelita Harapan, and American Institute for Indonesian Studies
  • Prof. James Hoesterey, Emory University, on Faith in Diplomacy: Indonesia, Soft Power, and the Making of “Moderate Islam”
  • Ms. Tsamara Amany, Indonesian political leader and public intellectual

This event is free and open to the public. Those in Chapel Hill, NC, can join in-person in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center. Those in Jakarta, Indonesia, can join in-person on the campus of Universitas Pelita Harapan. Anyone can register at to join the Zoom session virtually.


January 27, 2023
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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The Carolina Asia Center supports diverse Asia-related events. However, CAC co-sponsorship of any talk, seminar, documentary screening, film screening, performance or celebration does not constitute endorsement of or agreement with the views presented therein. As an academic institution, we value diverse perspectives that promote dialogue and understanding.

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