Islam, Elections, and Politics in Indonesia

Event: April 21, 2009, Washington, D.C.

The Asia Foundation in cooperation with The United States-Indonesia Society invite you to:

Islam, Elections, and Politics in Indonesia

Dr. Robin Bush, Asia Foundation Country Representative, Indonesia

Tuesday, April 21st

9:30-11:00 a.m.

Crenz Room

The Cosmos Club

2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Despite Indonesia’s successes in democratic reform, challenges remain in the area of effective governance and in women’s political leadership. The general elections on April 9 are expected to re-confirm the Indonesian voters’ disaffection with Islamist politics and their demand for better service delivery; however, issues of political Islam remain important. Some observers say political Islam is on the rise; while others, citing polling data, indicate in the April 2009 general elections, Islamic parties are likely to get less than 24% of the vote, the lowest level since 1955.

Dr. Robin Bush will discuss recent election results in Indonesia, and broader trends within Islam in Indonesia. She will also discuss trends in the country’s politics and development, and how The Asia Foundation works with Muslim organizations and women’s groups to improve governance and further consolidate democracy within the country.  The Asia Foundation is the largest private non-profit international organization supporting governance and economic reform in Indonesia.

Dr. Bush is the author of the book, Nahdlatul Ulama and the Struggle for Power within Islam and Politics in Indonesia. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Washington and an MA in International Studies from Ohio University.

To RSVP, please email responses to hstewart@asiafound-dc.org or contact Ms. Hope Stewart at (202) 588-9420.

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