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Jakarta Post

Carnegie launches SE Asia unit, with Bakrie funding

  • Endy M. Bayuni

    The Jakarta Post

Washington   /   Wed, July 28 2010   /  10:49 am

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a prestigious foreign policy think-tank organization based in Washington, recently launched its Southeast Asian studies department with funding from the widely diversified Bakrie Group, one of Indonesia's largest business conglomerates."Southeast Asian nations are critical players in the international community and global economy," Carnegie vice president Douglas Paal said at the official announcement of the establishment of the Bakrie Chair for Southeast Asian Studies. "Understanding the political and economic development of the region is essential to policymakers around the world." Previously, Carnegie's work in Asia has largely focused on China and more recently India, with Paal its most prominent Asian expert. Billing itself as the first truly global think tank - with offices in Moscow, Beijing, Beirut, Brussels a...