20 Years Since Soeharto: The State of Democractic Reform
Kevin O’Rourke, Publisher/Editor “Reformasi Weekly”
Luncheon (12-1:30 pm)
New York City
hosted by Citi
In 1997 Thailand caught a cold from the Asian Financial Crisis and Indonesia burned with a fever that led to the MaY 1998 fall of President Soeharto’s authoritarian regime, the imposition of IMF economic mandates, and the rebirth of Indonesia’s democracy. Writer Kevin O’Rourke reported extensively on the heady days of the reform m ovement, authoring a definitive account of the period, “Reformasi: The Struggle for Power in Post-Soeharto Indonesia”. Since then he has published one of the best weekly analytical reports of Indonesia’s political and policy developments, “Reformasi Weekly”.
June 6, 2018
Indonesia Economic and Political Update: Looking Ahead to 2019
On June 6th* AICC welcomes back two leading analysts based in Indonesia who will critique Indonesia’s current economic policies, analyze Indonesia’s perspective on geopolitical developments in Asia, as well as discuss the current maneuvers of the leading candidates for the 2019 national elections for President and Vice President.
Dr. Rizal Ramli, founder ECONIT Advisory Group, former Coordinating Minister for the Economy (2000-2001), Minister of Finance (2001), Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs (2015-2016). Known for his outspokenness, Ramli was an early critic of the authoritarian Suharto regime in the late 1970’s and was an independent candidate for President in 2009. PhD Economics, Boston University
James Van Zorge, founding Partner, Gordion Knot Advisory. Van Zorge is one the leading foreign political risk analysts based in Indonesia. GKA helps put foreign firms on the right path through Indonesia’s maze of regulations and policies. Van Zorge, a Harvard University graduate has contributed often to the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg, Jakarta Post, Jakarta Globe, and Far East Economic Review.
* PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 27.