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Indonesia’s Presidential Election and Political Islam

  • 420 West 118th Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Please join Sidney Jones, the executive director of the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), for a timely conversation about Indonesia’s presidential election - which will take place on April 17 - and the role of religion in the politics of the world's largest Muslim-majority nation. Margaret Scott, one of NYSEAN’s founders and a journalist who writes about Indonesia, will moderate the conversation.

Before setting up IPAC, Jones worked from 2002 to 2013 with the International Crisis Group, first as Southeast Asia project director, then from 2007 as senior adviser to the Asia program. Before joining Crisis Group, she worked for the Ford Foundation in Jakarta and New York (1977-84); Amnesty International in London as the Indonesia-Philippines-Pacific researcher (1985-88); and Human Rights Watch in New York as the Asia director (1989-2002). She holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She lived in Shiraz, Iran for one year as a university student, 1971-72, and studied Arabic in Cairo and Tunisia. She received an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the New School in New York.

Hosted by: 


  • Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University

  • NYU Wagner's Office of International Programs