National Security College strengthens links with Indonesia
In the week of 14-18 December, a senior team from the National Security College (NSC) held discussions in Jakarta to build training, education and policy partnerships with a range of Indonesian institutions and agencies.
The delegation, led by NSC Head Professor Rory Medcalf, held fruitful talks about executive development opportunities with senior officials from Indonesia’s Office of the Cabinet Secretariat, led by the Deputy for Administrative Affairs Ms Ibu Faried Utomo and her Head of Division for Human Capacity Development, Mr Pak Chairul Saleh. The Secretariat supports the work of the President in reviewing legislative and regulatory proposals from across the Indonesian government.
The NSC delegation, which included George Brenan (Director of Strategy & Development) and Farnaz Salehzadeh (Academic Program Coordinator), also met with senior officials from the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Finance, and Marine and Fisheries. Professor Medcalf was pleased to strengthen links with Lemhannas (the National Resilience Institute), meeting its Vice-Governor Air Marshal Bagus Pirhito, and his senior executive team. The delegation was joined by Lynn Toohey from the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy for productive discussions with Mr Pak Mokhamad Mahdum, Director of the LPDP (the Indonesian National Endowment Fund for Education) to discuss scholarship opportunities.
Professor Medcalf gave a lecture on Indo-Pacific security at the University of Indonesia and held talks with the Dean of Social and Political Sciences, Dr Arie Soesilo and Dr Evi Fitriani, Head of the International Relations Department, about academic and research links. The visit also provided a valuable opportunity to meet with ANU alumni, both from academic courses and executive development. The Australian Embassy in Jakarta hosted a lunch for the College visitors to meet again with Indonesian officials who had taken part in executive development courses in recent years, run in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The College recognises the importance of Indonesia as a security partner for Australia and the convergence of security interests between the two countries. Relations with partner institutions in Indonesia, delivering training to Indonesian officials, and hosting a high-level Indonesian National Security Fellow, will be priorities in 2016 and beyond.