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Celebrating diversity, partnership and prosperity

  • Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono

    Executive director of the Yudhoyono Institute and Harvard Kennedy School graduate

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 10 2019   /  01:27 am

This year marks the 70th anniversary of United States-Indonesia relations. The theme selected for this year’s commemoration is very timely and telling: celebrating diversity, partnership and prosperity. As we navigate through today’s challenges amid the backlash of globalization, economic inequality, intense polarization and the resurgence of ultranationalism on the back of populist appeals, the two democracies need to renew and strengthen their relationship moving forward.Last month, I gave a keynote speech at an American Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Committee Homecoming event. Direct people-to-people contact like this breathes new life into our relations, built upon mutual interests, understanding and respect. Many of us who studied or worked in the US have come to closely appreciate how diverse America really is. And it is this enriching element that allows the US to co...