U.S. Embassy Celebrates American Independence Day and the 70th Anniversary of U.S.-Indonesia Relations in Medan

Ambassador Joseph R. Donovan Jr., the U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, and Juha Salin, U.S. Consul for Sumatra, hosted a gala event to celebrate the 243rd American Independence Day with more than 400 distinguished guests from Sumatra. This year’s celebration of the American Independence Day also commemorated the 70th Anniversary of bilateral relations between the United ... Read More»

Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia Panel on Syria Crisis Features Diversity of Voices

Ambassador Blake delivered remarks to over 200 students and members of the press at a Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) event on December 8 along with the French and Russian Ambassadors to Indonesia and the Indonesia’s Head of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT).  The Ambassador discussed how the United States is working with the ... Read More»

Marking 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

On December 1 at @america, Ambassador Blake gave opening remarks at an event marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (GBV). Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohanna Yembise, joined the Ambassador in urging the enthusiastic audience of over 150 to ... Read More»

Furthering Information & Communication Technology between the United States and Indonesia

On Friday, November 13, U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake, Jr .joined Minister of Communications and Information Technology Rudiantara to witness the US-ASEAN Business Council’s signing of an MOU with the Indonesian Telecommunications Association (MASTEL) to cooperate on Information & Communication Technology (ICT) sector issues.The two organizations will partner on industry events, policy coordination, and share ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Promotes US-Indonesia Education Cooperation

On November 6th at Atma Jaya Catholic University, Deputy Chief of Mission Brian McFeeters described many of the ways that Indonesian universities can work with the U.S. Embassy to promote education domestically, and also outlined opportunities to study in the United States. He introduced Embassy resources including EducationUSA, American Corners, English Language Fellows, the English ... Read More»

US Announces New Round of Research Grant

The U.S Agency for International Development will offer funding through its Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program for Indonesian scientists to conduct research on climate change, education and wildlife trafficking.  Applications are now open, and proposals are due January 15, 2016. PEER is a competitive awards program that invites scientists in developing countries ... Read More»

Common History, Shared Values: Preservation of Maritime War History

On October 29 in Jakarta, the United States and Australia organized a conference with over 50 attendees from Indonesia, the US, Australia, the UK, Japan, and the Netherlands to discuss the wrecks of naval vessels lost in Indonesian waters during combat operations in World War II. Concentrating on coordinating joint efforts to protect the war ... Read More»

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews and Indonesian President Joko Widodo Recognize New U.S.-Indonesian Business Deals and Commitments

I’ve spent every day of my presidency fighting to grow our economy and strengthen our middle class. That means making sure our workers have a fair shot to get ahead here at home, and a fair chance to compete around the world. My approach to trade has been guided by a unifying principle: leveling the ... Read More»

Our Ocean 2015 Conference Results

Participants in the second Our Ocean conference, held October 5-6 in Valparaiso, Chile, announced over 80 new initiatives on marine conservation and protection valued at more than $2.1 billion, as well as new commitments on the protection of more than 1.9 million square kilometers (nearly 735,000 square miles) of the ocean. The complete summary of ... Read More»

United States Announces Launch of Global Innovation Competition

JAKARTA – Today the United States announced the launch of the third annual Making All Voices Count Global Innovation Competition (GIC 2016). Submit your idea for a project that uses technology – of any sort – to improve the relationship between government and citizens in 12 countries, including Indonesia.  Ideas must tackle one of the ... Read More»

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program

Embassy Jakarta’s Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) and Public Affairs Officer (PAO)—both on return tours to Indonesia – gave opening remarks to approximately 70 International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumni at @america, some of whom were old friends of both the DCM and PAO from previous assignments in Indonesia.  They spoke to the important role ... Read More»

U.S. Power Working Group for Indonesia Kicks Off

On September 2, U.S. Embassy Jakarta organized the official launch event for the U.S. Power Working Group for Indonesia (PWG).  In his opening remarks Ambassador Blake expressed U.S. government and industry’s strong support for the Jokowi Administration’s 35,000 MW development program. During the launch, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Said and Ambassador Blake signed ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Kerry at Young South East Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) Event

SECRETARY KERRY:  Thank you, Cheryl, very, very much.  Well, let me tell you, I am really excited to be here with you.  This is probably the best part of my day.  (Laughter.)  No, I’m serious.  I love — AUDIENCE:  Aw. SECRETARY KERRY:  — aw.  I’m – first I get sympathy for my leg, now you’re – (laughter).  Can ... Read More»

Friends, Laughter, Memories: V Radio Farewell Interview

In a one hour live radio interview with MNC Group’s V Radio (106.6 FM), Charge d’Affairs Kristen Bauer discussed her experiences and memories during her over five year tenure in Indonesia. Hosted by State Department International Visitor Leadership Program alum Inge Lestari, V Radio’s “Variety and Songs” program has approximately 700,000 listeners and focuses on ... Read More»

Joint Statement by TPP Ministers

We, the trade ministers of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam announce that, after more than a week of productive meetings, we have made significant progress and will continue work on resolving a limited number of remaining issues, paving the way for the conclusion of ... Read More»

YSEALI@america: Ambassador Highlights Youth Leadership, Detrimental Effects of Plastic

On July 1, Ambassador Blake welcomed over 300 young leaders to @america to talk about how to reduce widespread environmental damage caused by single-use plastic bags.  He encouraged the audience to find ways to mobilize and collaborate to develop environmental campaigns aimed at reducing their use.   The ASEAN Reusable Bag Campaign just one example of ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Iftar Strengthens Ties with Indonesian Islamic Community

As part of Mission Indonesia’s ongoing outreach efforts during Ramadan, the Ambassador welcomed about 200 senior Muslim leaders to his residence for an Iftar (fast breaking) on the evening of Wednesday, June 24.  Ali Musthafa Yaqub, the Grand Imam of Istiqlal National Mosque, joined the Ambassador in giving remarks highlighting the friendship between the Embassy ... Read More»

Ambassador Hosts Johns Hopkins-SAIS Dean and Alumni in Jakarta

On the evening of June 22, Ambassador Blake hosted a reception for Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Dean and former State Department Senior Advisor Dr. Vali Nasr at his residence. Attendees included Indonesian and American SAIS alumni, awardees from the Government of Indonesia sponsored LPDP program funding graduate studies at top universities ... Read More»

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council Annual Gala

DEPUTY SECRETARY BLINKEN: Well, thank you all very, very much, and good evening. Yancy, thank you for a very generous introduction and for all the extraordinary work you do, including your support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which we’ll come to in a little while, and for your work with governments around the world to advance the ... Read More»

United States and Indonesia Further Defense Cooperation, Sign Arrangement to Recover the Remains of American Personnel in Indonesia

On Friday, June 12 in Jakarta, The United States and Indonesia furthered their deep defense cooperation with the signing of an arrangement allowing the U.S. Government to conduct joint research leading to the investigation and excavation of U.S. service member remains from Indonesia. Concluding years of coordination between the United States Defense Prisoners of War/Missing ... Read More»

U.S.-Indonesia Deepen Cooperation on Aviation, Sign MOU on Increased Technical Aviation Support

On June 9, U.S. Federally Funded Research and Development Center MITRE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airnav Indonesia, as well as with Angkasa Pura II, agreeing to cooperate on technical aviation support.  Held at the residence of U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake, this MOU signing came at the conclusion of the U.S. ... Read More»

During Aceh Visit U.S. Reinforces Commitment ‎on Multi-Country Resettlement Effort for Vulnerable Migrants

On Tuesday, June 2 in Aceh, Indonesia, Anne C. Richard, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, spoke to media from ‎Kuala Cangkoi (TPI Lapang camp): “This is my second time visiting Indonesia, and I am happy to be in this beautiful country although what brought me here is a very difficult ... Read More»

Statement by Marie Harf, Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State

“The U.S. welcomes the decision by Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand that they will work together to uphold their responsibilities under international law and provide humanitarian assistance and shelter to 7,000 vulnerable migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia. The United States urges other countries of the region and the international communities to support them in ... Read More»

Indonesian STEM Students Return from U.S. Science Competition

On May 18, Ambassador Blake met with twelve Indonesian high school students who recently returned from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where 1,700 students from 75 countries competed. Three of the six Indonesian teams won awards at the competition, the most impressive showing to date of an Indonesian delegation. ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Russel Hearing on the East China and South China Seas

Testimony of Daniel Russel Assistant Secretary of State Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs U.S. Department of State Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Mr. Chairman, Members of the Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to testify with David Shear, Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Asia-Pacific, on this ... Read More»

Ambassador Outlines USG’s Concrete Measures in Support of Women’s Empowerment at Launch of NGO

During a panel discussion to launch the Women for the World Foundation (NGO), the Ambassador highlighted the USG’s six major initiatives supporting women’s empowerment in Indonesia: improving access to education, promoting participation in STEM fields, improving access to health care, promoting legal rights and reducing gender-based violence, and boosting entrepreneurship programs.   The Ambassador’s fellow panelists ... Read More»

Ambassador Encourages Student Entrepreneurs to Study in the United States

On April 30 Ambassador Blake spoke to a group of around 120 students and faculty at Binus International University in Jakarta on “The United States’ Entrepreneurial Economy.” His remarks touched upon the history of entrepreneurship in the United States, the impact of disruptive technologies on society, and how innovations can reshape the marketplace. The Ambassador ... Read More»

Ambassador Blake and Minister Jonan Establish Aviation Working Group

During a meeting with Commerce Assistant Secretary Arun Kumar and PDAS Scot Marciel on April 20, Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan and Ambassador Blake signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the U.S.-Indonesia Aviation Working Group (AWG).  The AWG will provide a platform for U.S. government and private sector aviation stakeholders and their Indonesian counterparts to “work ... Read More»

United States Announces $26 Million Expansion of USAID PRESTASI Scholarship Program

JAKARTA – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a $26 million expansion to its Program to Extend Scholarship and Training to Achieve Sustainable Impact (PRESTASI). Under the expanded scholarship program, Indonesian public servants can earn postgraduate degrees in the United States or Indonesia in the fields of public policy, economic growth, political science, public ... Read More»

U.S. Assists Trafficking Victims Stranded in Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia – The U.S. Government plans to contribute approximately $225,000 in emergency victim assistance funds to help support the efforts by the Government of Indonesia and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to rescue hundreds of Burmese, Cambodian, Lao, and Thai fishermen who are victims of forced labor and stranded in Eastern Indonesia.  This is in ... Read More»

Girls in Tech: Promoting Gender Balance in the IT Sector

To commemorate World Girls in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Day on April 24, Deputy Chief of Mission Kristen Bauer hosted more than 90 officials, students, activists, and IT professionals for presentations and a lively discussion at @america to improve collaborative efforts to get more girls and women interested in ICT.  Joining her were women ... Read More»

A Breath of Fresh Air: Talking Air Pollution and Health In Jakarta

Ambassador Blake joined a panel of Government of Indonesia officials, NGO’s, and academics at an Earth Day event on air quality monitoring and the effect of air pollution on health on April 21 at @america.  In his opening remarks, the Ambassador recounted the history of the U.S. environmental movement, and how public environmental awareness and ... Read More»

Innovation Competition Encourages Transparency, Accountability, Good Governance

On April 16, ten teams of innovators from across Africa and Asia competed at the U.S. Government-supported Making All Voices Count (MAVC) Global Innovation Competition finals held in Jakarta.  The finalists were chosen from a total of 241 technology solutions proposals that promote transparency, fight corruption, and empower marginalized groups.  Five winning teams were selected, ... Read More»

Promoting Environmental Activism with American Film Showcase

On the evening of April 15, Ambassador Blake hosted more than 60 filmmakers, activists, officials, and journalists at his residence for a screening and discussion of Come Hell or High Water, a story about environmental justice in rural Mississippi.  The film’s director, Leah Mahan, and another filmmaker, Irene Taylor Brodsky, also participated.  This was the kick-off ... Read More»

U.S.-Indonesia Collaboration on Ocean-Climate Observation

On the morning of April 16, Ambassador Blake delivered remarks highlighting the importance of international science and technology cooperation in ocean-climate observation, alongside the Chairmen of the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), the Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), and the Acting Executive Secretary of the Coordinating Ministry ... Read More»

America’s Top Public Diplomacy Official Shares Views on the “Democratization of Information”

On April 15, during the second and final day of his first visit to Indonesia, the State Department’s Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel addressed how the democratization of information empowers a broader population than ever before, during his program with 130 journalists, students, and activists at @america. Working in tandem on ... Read More»

Partnering to Preserve Indonesia’s Unique Cultural Heritage

Chargé Kristin Bauer welcomed Indonesian museum professionals from around the country to a Batik Conservation Workshop on the morning of April 9, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in collaboration with the Textile Museum in Jakarta. Over the course of the coming three weeks, American textile conservation expert Julia Brennan will train these professionals through hands-on ... Read More»

The Ambassador As CEO, Live on Sindo Trijaya FM

During an evening appearance on the live radio program “Talk To The CEO” on April 8, Ambassador Blake discussed bilateral relations, his leadership style, life as a diplomat, and shared experiences from his first 18 months in Indonesia.  The Ambassador spoke directly to the Indonesian people on a broad spectrum of issues, highlighting his focus ... Read More»

Trade, Tech, and the Environment: Under Secretary of State Novelli Visits Jakarta

In her first visit to Jakarta, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Cathy Novelli engaged with Government of Indonesia representatives, private sector, civil society, and youth during a full day of events April 2.  U.S. business representatives shared their views on the  Indonesian business climate at an AmCham Indonesia-hosted breakfast, ... Read More»

(Belated) Birthday Bash at @america for George Washington University

On March 31, Ambassador Blake spoke about the important role of education in building the bilateral U.S.-Indonesia relationship and highlighted the Embassy’s EducationUSA mentorship program to a group of 50 assembled alumni from George Washington University.   The ensuing lively Q & A, with an audience of influential leaders in business and government, sparked a discussion ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador’s Statement on the Verdict of the JIS Case

Jakarta, Indonesia – We have been closely following the case of the JIS teachers.  Any case involving allegations of child abuse is sensitive.  Serious questions have arisen in this case regarding the investigative process and lack of credible evidence against the teachers.  In light of this, we are deeply disappointed with this outcome.  We look ... Read More»

MCC Celebrates Two Year Anniversary of Partnership with Indonesia

Jakarta – Today the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Millennium Challenge Account-Indonesia (MCA-I) celebrated the second anniversary of the five-year compact in partnership with Indonesia.  This $600 million USD program—focused on natural resource management, renewable energy, maternal and infant health, and procurement modernization—is built around one goal: reducing poverty through economic growth.  U.S. Ambassador to ... Read More»

Getting Geeky for Good: Promoting Coding, STEM Among Young Women and Community Leaders

On March 27, the Embassy in Jakarta teamed up with with Microsoft Indonesia to host more than 50 young women and community leaders for We Speak Code, a fun, user-friendly workshop on coding.  Participants included alumni of U.S. Government-funded exchange programs and accomplished community leaders from the publishing, NGO, and business worlds, brought together at ... Read More»

Ambassador Blake Talks U.S. Education at Islamic Boarding School in Jakarta

On the afternoon of March 12, the Ambassador visited with nearly 200 high schools students at the International Islamic Education Center (IIEC), an Islamic boarding school in central Jakarta.  The students entertained the Ambassador with several dances from Sumatra and Aceh as a welcome, and presented a slideshow which outlined their experiences in the U.S. ... Read More»

She Did Not Provoke It: Discussion on How to Stop “Victim-Blaming” in the Media

A mixed gender panel of four senior Indonesian journalists discussed proactive ways to stop the chain of ‘victim-blaming’ in media reporting, with an audience of 123 students, journalists, and activists at @america on March 12.  The panel discussion and Q&A addressed the responsibility of media outlets in protecting victims’ identities and avoiding biased details, not ... Read More»

Talking International Women’s Day, Highlighting Women’s Issues with V Radio

During a live afternoon call-in program on V Radio on March 11, Deputy Chief of Mission Kristen Bauer discussed her personal experiences as a mother and diplomat with V Radio station manager Ingrid Lestari.  For over an hour, the Deputy Chief of Mission fielded questions ranging from the meaning of International Women’s Day to how ... Read More»

Hearts, Minds, and Stomachs: Ambassador Promotes Food, Music, and Entrepreneurship with Inaugural Kaki Lima Night

On the evening of March 9, the Embassy organized the first ever kaki lima (food stand) night at the Ambassador’s residence, bringing together over 200 Americans and Indonesians to enjoy an evening of American jazz and perennial street food favorites from both countries.  Nine of the best of Jakarta’s ambulatory food vendors – including satay ... Read More»

Payment Products and Systems: Developing Indonesia’s Financial Sector

On the morning of March 3, Ambassador Blake opened a New Payment Products and Systems Conference in Jakarta. The Ambassador’s remarks focused on the increasing sophistication and availability of financial services in Indonesia and the region such as credit, ATM and “smart” cards, crypto currencies like Bitcoin, and implementation of a Real Time Gross Settlement ... Read More»

@america Rocks Social Media Week

Ambassador Blake welcomed an overflow audience of 290 who crowded @america on February 25 to hear from some of America’s and Indonesia’s most influential social media leaders discuss the power and potential of social media in everyday life.  The event brought together speakers from Path, BuzzFeed, Sebangsa, and the Embassy who talked about how social ... Read More»

Combatting Climate Change with Urban Planning & Green Design

On the morning of February 17, Ambassador Blake made his first visit to BSD City, a 6,000 hectare multi-purpose planned community southwest of Jakarta that incorporates green design, energy efficiency and sustainability concepts.  The largest project of property developer Sinarmas Land, it has five toll roads, a double track rail connection, an inner-loop hop-on/hop-off bus ... Read More»

More Than Trees: Preserving Aceh’s Leusuer Ecosystem

On the evening of February 11, Ambassador Blake brought together a delegation of Acehnese leaders led by Governor Zaini Abdullah to engage with civil society on sustainable development challenges in Aceh. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Blake advocated that stakeholders find a balance between conservation and economic development that advances livelihoods for the four million ... Read More»

Opportunities Abound for Indonesian Students in the U.S.

On February 7, Ambassador Blake welcomed 40 U.S. universities to the EducationUSA University Fair in Jakarta, part of a three-fair series that included sessions held in Medan on February 5 and in Surabaya on February 8.  At the three venues, a total of nearly 4,000 prospective Indonesian students enthusiastically sought information about colleges, universities, and ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry: The National Security Strategy

This National Security Strategy is a blueprint to leverage America’s leadership in a more complicated world than many people would have ever imagined. It’s ambitious and achievable. It’s a pragmatic, clear-eyed assessment of both the challenges we face and the full arsenal of our power to confront them through moral, diplomatic, economic, development, and military ... Read More»

Foreign Press Center Briefing with Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel R. Russel

Topic:  U.S. Policy Priorities for the East Asian and Pacific Region in 2015 ASSISTANT SECRETARY RUSSEL:  Thank you very much.  Hello, everybody.  Happy 2015.  I’m glad to be here.  2014 was a great year.  We had two visits to the Asia Pacific region by President Obama.  We had five visits to the region by Secretary ... Read More»

U.S. Education Fair brings representatives from 40 schools to Indonesia to outline educational opportunities in the U.S.

JAKARTA – In an effort to help Indonesian students learn more about educational opportunities in the United States, the U.S. Embassy and EducationUSA announce the launch of the Spring 2015 University Fairs in three cities in Indonesia. Nearly 40 U.S. universities, colleges, and community colleges will participate in the university fair.  The event will help explain ... Read More»

U.S. Apple Recall Applies Only to One Producer, All Other Apples are Safe

Jakarta — On January 6, 2015, Bidart Bros. voluntarily recalled Granny Smith and Gala apples because environmental testing revealed contamination with Listeria monocytogenes at the firm’s apple packing facility in California. The U.S. provided this information to the Government of Indonesia shortly thereafter.  At this time any illnesses associated with the Bidart Bros. product have only ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake Leads U.S. Delegation to Batam

Batam, Indonesia – On January 29-30 Ambassador Robert O. Blake led a delegation of twelve U.S. companies and business associations to Batam as part of ongoing efforts to identify trade and investment opportunities for U.S. companies and deepen commercial and diplomatic ties with key cities throughout Indonesia. While in Batam, the Ambassador and delegates met with ... Read More»

Community of Democracies to Host Regional Civil Society Consultations and Workshops in Jakarta

Over fifty civil society activists from Indonesia and across South East Asia will take part in the upcoming round of civil society meetings and workshops organized by the Community of Democracies and the U.S. Department of State in Jakarta on January 21 -23, 2015. The Community of Democracies began civil society consultations in May 2014 to ... Read More»

Leveraging the Power of Social Media for Social Good

JAKARTA – On the afternoon of January 13 at Jakarta’s Digital Valley, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Rudiantara, U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake, and Indonesian NGO KOPHI launched the “Social Media for Social Good” program, a series of digital literacy workshops set to take place in six cities around Indonesia throughout 2015: Jambi, Makassar, Bangka, Samarinda, ... Read More»

U.S. Government Supports Justice Sector Efforts to Protect Indonesia’s Biodiversity

JAKARTA – More than 40 members of the Indonesian justice sector and law enforcement agencies gathered together for the opening of a three-day Integrated Justice Sector Workshop on Managing Cases to Protect Indonesian Biodiversity at the Shangri-La Hotel on January 12, 2015.  The conference is co-hosted by the Indonesian Supreme Court and the U.S. Government, through the ... Read More»

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2015 Large Grants Program Request for Project Abstract

Deadline: February 1, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta is now accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2015 Large Grants Program competition. The application process takes place in two rounds: Project Abstract (Round 1) and Full Project Proposal (Round 2).   Interested parties must submit Project Abstracts for Round 1 ... Read More»

Ten Years Later: U.S. Mission to Indonesia Remembers Aceh

Ambassador Blake, USAID Director Andy Sisson, Medan PO Robert Ewing, and U.S. Military representatives attended the Official Government of Indonesia “10 Year Anniversary Tsunami Remembrance Ceremonies” in Banda Aceh.  In his speech, Indonesian Vice President Kalla reflected on the recovery that came from the devastation, and Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah highlighted how international assistance has ... Read More»

Celebrating Indonesian Mother’s Day at Budi Kemuliaan Hospital

On the afternoon of December 22, Ambassador Blake and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Andy Sisson commemorated Indonesian Mother’s Day with a visit to the emergency room and maternity ward of Budi Kemuliaan Hospital​.  The visit​ highlighted​ the hospital’s lead mentorship role in USAID’s $55 million Expanding Maternal and Neonatal Survival ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry: Marking the Tenth Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami

I’ll never forget hearing the news of the tsunami that struck in the Indian Ocean 10 years ago.  The images were gut-wrenching: entire towns razed from Indonesia to Somalia; raging waters sweeping away people’s homes; hundreds of thousands killed and many more separated from their families. Today of all days, we pause to remember those ... Read More»

USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) Arrives in Jakarta for First Port Visit in Southeast Asia

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia Dec. 22 as part of a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance. This port visit is Fort Worth’s first in Southeast Asia, and also marks the first LCS visit to Indonesia, an archipelagic nation comprised of ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry: Condemning Cyber-Attack by North Korea

The United States condemns North Korea for the cyber-attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment and the unacceptable threats against movie theatres and moviegoers.  These actions are a brazen attempt by an isolated regime to suppress free speech and stifle the creative expression of artists beyond the borders of its own country. Freedom of expression is at ... Read More»

Bringin’ A Little Country to Jakarta: Ambassador Blake Hosts @america’s 4th Anniversary Party

On December 13, the Ambassador welcomed more than 100 guests to @america’s fourth anniversary celebration.  In his remarks, Ambassador Blake thanked the @america Advisory Board and close programming partners for their collaborations, which have led to more than 677,000 visitors since December 2010. Invited guests enjoyed barbecue, live country music with line dancing, and a ... Read More»

United States Opens ‘Build Back Better’ – An Exhibition Reflecting on Life in Aceh 10 Years After the Tsunami

JAKARTA – The United States Embassy officially opened the exhibition, “Build Back Better  – an exhibition reflecting on life in Aceh 10 years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami” at @america in the Pacific Place Mall on Thursday. The exhibition is open to the public free of charge on Sundays and Mondays through January 26, 2015. ... Read More»

#BuildBackBetter – Remembering the 2004 Tsunami

On December 11, Deputy Chief of Mission Kristen Bauer welcomed more than 120 activists, media, development specialists, and tsunami survivors to @america to launch “Build Back Better,” a month-long USAID exhibit that pays tribute to the hundreds of thousands of lives lost to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Incorporating photos, video, media headlines, and personal ... Read More»

Do You Like Apples? U.S. Food Fair at Ranch Market

On December 11, 2014, Deputy Chief of Mission Kristen Bauer participated in a U.S. food promotion at Ranch Market, one of the major modern supermarket chains in Jakarta. Several U.S. products were showcased during event including fresh apples, grapes, pears, oranges and strawberries. In her remarks, Ms. Bauer highlighted the benefits of two-way trade between ... Read More»

Joining Together to Safeguard Raja Ampat: @america Film Screening & Discussion on Marine Conservation

Ambassador Blake, in conjunction with USAID and Conservation International, hosted a film screening and discussion on the evening of December 10 entitledGuardians of Raja Ampat – Community Driven Conservation. The event served as the premiere of the film “Guardians of Raja Ampat” – a new feature documentary film celebrating the success of community-driven marine conservation ... Read More»

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2015 Request for Proposals

Deadline: January 10, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta is now accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2015 competition. Proposals must include all items as noted in paragraph 7. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.  All proposals must be submitted by e-mail to  RahardjoCB@state.gov  and mailto:LynnDC@state.gov .  The deadline for submitting ... Read More»

Ambassador Blake Commemorates 10 Year Anniversary of Indian Ocean Tsunami

On the evening of December 3, the Ambassador welcomed more than 90 students, activists, and media to @america for a screening and panel discussion of After the Tsunami, a short documentary about 75 Fulbright Aceh Fellowship students. The film followed four Fulbright students to Arkansas and Texas and documented their return to Aceh, where they rebuilt ... Read More»

Joint Statement Issued by Partners at the Counter-ISIL Coalition Ministerial Meeting

Sixty partners met at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for substantive deliberations at the first ministerial-level plenary session for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Brussels, Belgium. (ISIL is hereafter also referred to by its Arabic acronym, Daesh). Prime Minister of Iraq ... Read More»

The Rebalance In Practice: America’s Partnership with Southeast Asia

On December 2, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Scot Marciel spoke to an audience of over 120 students, scholars, policy makers, and members of the media at @america on America’s partnership with Southeast Asia. He discussed the U.S. relationship with Indonesia, articulated U.S. policy goals in the greater Asia Pacific ... Read More»

Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week

On November 20, Deputy Chief of Mission Kristen Bauer hosted guests from the Indonesian government, the diplomatic community, academia, foundations, venture capital firms and local entrepreneurs at a reception in honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and coinciding with the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) being held in Marrakech, Morocco. Deputy Chief of Mission Bauer remarked ... Read More»

Habitat for Humanity Ambassador’s Dig: Providing Housing for those in Need

On November 18, a group of over 15 Jakarta-based Ambassadors from around the world joined Ambassador Blake and the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Indonesia in a day-long service project in Cijayanti, Babakan Madang Village.  Members of the diplomatic corps flexed their muscles and demonstrated teamwork in laying foundation, digging trenches for sanitation systems, ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry: International Education Week

The Departments of State and Education celebrate the 15th annual International Education Week November 17-21, 2014.  During this week, literally thousands of events will be held around the world to highlight the benefits of global learning and student exchanges. To understand why this is important, we have only to consider the consequences when people lack what ... Read More»

The Consulate Announces the Visit of The U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and the U.S. Navy ship “USS RODNEY M. DAVIS”

MEDAN – The USS RODNEY M. DAVIS, a U.S. Navy frigate with a crew of 200 sailors will visit Medan, North Sumatra, from October 23-27, 2014. On October 25, the U.S. Secretary of The Navy, Ray Mabus, will arrive in Medan to meet with Sailors aboard the frigate and attend a reception for Indonesian military officers, ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry on the International Day of the Girl

As we celebrate International Day of the Girl, I congratulate Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan who has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. As a recipient of one of the world’s highest honors, Malala’s resilience and courage challenge us all to support the struggle against brutality, ignorance, and violence. She inspires hope in millions of people ... Read More»

Through Indonesian Eyes: Muslims in America

On October 8, over 150 journalists, university students, and community activists gathered at a U.S. Embassy organized seminar and discussed pluralism, the growing positive views on Islam in America, and Indonesia’s perspectives on the United States with three panelists who are Alumni of U.S. Government-sponsored programs and a prominent Indonesian-American Imam. The panelists included two ... Read More»

Enhancing U.S.-Indonesian Military Readiness, Cooperation, and Interoperability

Garuda Shield is a regularly-scheduled, bilateral exercise sponsored by the U.S. Army Pacific and hosted annually by the Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI-Indonesian Armed Forces).  This year marks the eighth iteration of this continuing effort to promote regional peace and security.  Approximately 500 U.S. Army Pacific personnel from Hawaii and Washington, and 700 Indonesians soldiers conducted ... Read More»

Model United Nations: Promoting Good Governance, Sustainable Development

Ambassador Blake hosted the U.S. Embassy’s third annual Model UN simulation on September 27 with the Indonesian Students Association for International Studies (ISAFIS).  Over 150 enthusiastic high school and university student delegates convened at @america for seven hours to debate the UN’s post-2015 development agenda.  Ambassador Blake applauded the UN’s promotion of good governance and ... Read More»

Video Statement by U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake on Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge

On September 24, the United States witnessed the signing of the landmark Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge by the CEOs of Cargill, Asian Agri, Golden Agri-Resources, Wilmar, and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which reflects the commitment of these industry giants to break the link between palm oil and deforestation.  This Pledge includes industry-leading ... Read More»

U.S. Priorities in East Asia and the Pacific

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RUSSEL: Hello, everyone. Good afternoon. Thanks for coming here in New York and thanks to our friends at the Foreign Press Center in Washington, D.C. I’m Danny Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. It has been action-packed week of U.S.-Asia engagement here in New York by President Obama, by ... Read More»

Signing of Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge

At the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, the United States applauded the announcement of the landmark Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge. The Pledge is an agreement among leading palm oil producers that commits them to industry-leading sustainability practices. These include proactive government engagement on policy reform and a principle of no planting on high carbon stock ... Read More»

Ambassador Applauds Kadin-led Palm Oil Sustainability Pledge

On September 24, four of Indonesia’s largest palm oil players and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) signed the Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge, which commits them to work together to improve the environmental performance of the Indonesian palm oil industry. This Pledge includes industry-leading benchmarks such as proactive government engagement on policy reform ... Read More»

Strengthening Maritime Security through Indonesian-U.S. Coast Guard Training

On Friday, September 19 Ambassador Blake along with Director General of Sea Transportation Bobby Mamahit congratulated the 24 KPLP (Indonesian Coast Guard) officers who completed the two week Boarding Officer Course taught by four instructors from the U.S. Coast Guard.  This course was a part of the Department of State’s Export Control and Border Security ... Read More»

@america: Ambassador Hosts Indonesian Composer, 350 Young Classical Music Fans

On September 12, the Ambassador hosted more than 350 young classical music lovers for a concert featuring the Twilite String Quartet with Addie MS, one of Indonesia’s most revered composers.  They played pieces by David Hellewell and John Williams.  Between pieces, Addie MS discussed the historical background within which these American composers created their music.  ... Read More»

Get-in-the-Ring @america: Ambassador Hosts National Entrepreneurship Battle

Ambassador Blake hosted the 2014 National Get-in-the-Ring Pitch Battle at @america on September 10 in collaboration with the Ciputra Foundation and the Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia (GEPI).  Eight startup companies came to @america from around Indonesia to compete for a spot in the Asia Pacific regional competition, with the regional winner to compete in the ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Tenth Anniversary of the Murder of Human Rights Activist Munir Said Thalib

To the Indonesians who loved him, he was simply known as Munir. He spent his life working to make his country more democratic, more free, and more humane. Ten years ago today someone assassinated him because they feared he just might succeed. Still today, justice has not been served. Full accountability for all those allegedly ... Read More»

Promoting Basketball in Indonesia: Embassy & NBA Hold Special Olympics Coaching Clinic

Ambassador Blake joined with the NBA’s community outreach initiative, NBA Cares, on Thursday, Sept 4th at the Embassy basketball court, to help promote basketball in Indonesia and support the efforts of the Special Olympics.  The Ambassador spoke about the effectiveness of sport in bridging cultural divides to an audience of 30 Special Olympics athletes just ... Read More»

United States Awards Scholarships to Indonesians for Master’s Degree Study

JAKARTA – The U.S. Agency for International Development announced the second group of   scholarship recipients under the USAID Program to Extend Scholarships and Training to Achieve Sustainable Impacts II (PRESTASI II), which provides opportunities for Indonesians to earn master’s degrees in selected fields from universities in the U.S. and Indonesia. The goal of the five-year ... Read More»

Promoting Trade & Science Education Through Public-Private Partnerships

On September 2, Ambassador Blake kicked off a three-day series of events at @america noting the importance of public-private partnerships in creating jobs and growing our economies. Engineers, analysts, and project managers from Honeywell, Indonesian Government, and universities discussed shared challenges in energy, STEM education, and transportation with students, investors, and media. This series seeks ... Read More»

Enhancing Maritime Security & Cooperation: Equipment & Training Increase Local Capabilities

On August 28, the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission from the U.S. Embassy and the Director General of the Indonesian Sea and Coast Guard (KPLP), presided over a law enforcement training equipment handover ceremony in Jakarta.  Consisting of specialized equipment for combat skills training exercises and training exercises on boarding ships and apprehending suspects, the ... Read More»

Ambassador Launches L.A. Indonesian Film Festival, Promotes Ties

On August 27, the Ambassador delivered welcoming remarks to more than 90 actors, producers, filmmakers, and media who attended @america’s preview of this collaborative film festival, which takes place September 3-4 in Los Angeles. The festival features 30 independent Indonesian and American films. Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Pangestu also gave congratulatory remarks. This ... Read More»

Boston Bound: Ambassador Hosts University Students Heading to MIT Biotech Competition

On August 26, Ambassador Blake met with students and faculty from the Universitas Teknologi Sumbawa (UTS) department of biotechnology. Sixteen UTS students will travel to Boston in October to compete in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGem) competition. The Ambassador highlighted the importance of STEM technologies in combatting global problems and emphasized the United States’ ... Read More»

California Here We Come: Pesantren Students & Teachers Prep for San Diego Immersion Trip

On August 21 at @america, Ambassador Blake hosted students and teachers from the International Islamic Education Center (IIEC), a group of three prominent and progressive Islamic boarding schools in Jakarta, for a pre-departure briefing ahead of their trip to the United States. In his remarks, the Ambassador wished them a successful six-week immersion in the ... Read More»

Sundance Institute Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue Travels to Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Denpasar, Banjarmasin and Palangkarya, Indonesia

Sundance Institute and the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia Collaborate to Host Free Film Screenings and Guided Discussions Filmmaker Srdan Golubovic (Circles) and Editor Doug Blush (Twenty Feet From Stardom) travel with the Program Park City, UT — Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities announced today that Film Forward: Advancing ... Read More»

U.S. Navy Works with Indonesian Partners in Protecting, Preserving Sunken Gravesite

PEARL HARBOR – U.S. Navy underwater archeologists, in conjunction with Indonesian Navy divers, have assessed in an interim report that the wrecked vessel surveyed in the Java Sea in June is “consistent with the identification” of the World War II wreck of the cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), and that divers documented conclusive evidence of ... Read More»

Unity in Diversity: Ambassador Hosts Halal Bi-Halal with Lakota Dancer, Promotes Indigenous Peoples

On August 18, Ambassador Robert Blake hosted a halal bi-halal reception for 100 high-level contacts working in education, business, environmental conservation, and government. Celebrating the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, performances and storytelling by Lakota Sioux dancer-musician Kevin Locke and 15 Dayak dancers from Kalimantan focused on preserving their native traditions, including the ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry on Indonesia’s Independence Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the Indonesian people on the 69thanniversary of your independence this August 17. Indonesia’s thriving democracy and dynamic regional and global leadership are critical to the Asia Pacific and the world.  Our Comprehensive Partnership, inaugurated four ... Read More»

Embassy Promotes Youth Leadership Among Student Leaders from 33 Provinces

On August 14 at @america, Deputy Chief of Mission Kristen Bauer encouraged more than 200 high school leaders from 33 Indonesian provinces to invest in education and increase collaborations with youth from the United States. She spoke about the value of cultural exchanges, noting that the U.S. Embassy sent more than 200 Indonesian students to ... Read More»

U.S. Vision for Asia-Pacific Engagement

MR. MORRISON: Well, thank you. Aloha. I want to welcome everyone. And for our online audience, and also for the Secretary, I’d like to describe who is here in our audience. We have the mayor of Honolulu, Mayor Caldwell. We have our senator, Mazie Hirono. We have our former governor, George Ariyoshi, and our other former ... Read More»

Statement by State Department Spokesperson on UNRWA School Shelling

Statement by Jen Psaki, Spokesperson The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least ten more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed.  The coordinates of the school, like all UN facilities in Gaza, have been repeatedly communicated to the Israeli Defense ... Read More»

F-16s Arrive in Madiun

On July 25 three F-16 C/D (Block 25) Aircraft arrived Iswahyudi Air Base in Madiun, Indonesia.  These are the first three of twenty-four U.S. grant aircraft scheduled to be delivered to Indonesia through the end of 2015. The U.S. and Indonesian militaries are working together to build bilateral and regional capacity to respond to common ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Jakarta Promotes Youth Engagement, Collaboration with United Nations

To celebrate World Population Day and International Youth Day, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affairs Kristen Bauer welcomed over 150 young activists, community leaders, and officials to a series of panel discussions at @america on July 23.  The goal was to find sustainable solutions on how youth can work with governments, NGO, and international organizations to build ... Read More»

Statement by John Kerry on the Indonesian Presidential Election

I warmly congratulate Indonesia’s president-elect Joko Widodo. The people of Indonesia united once again to show their commitment to democracy through free and fair elections. As the world’s second and third largest democracies, the United States and Indonesia set an example for the world. We share many common values, including respect for human rights and ... Read More»

Social Entrepreneurship Exchange Program – Project Catalyst Indonesia

The Public Affairs Section is pleased to announce a Public Affairs-Generated Exchange Program opportunity, “Social Entrepreneurship Exchange Program: Project Catalyst Indonesia.” Social entrepreneurship involves solving social problems with innovative solutions that are effective, efficient and sustainable. Social entrepreneurship is a venture that provides a product or service which adds social value to the community and ... Read More»

Ambassador Blake Visits PT. Goodyear Indonesia, Tbk, Highlights Company’s Support to Indonesia’s Growing Auto Sector

Jakarta – On July 14, U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake traveled to Bogor, Indonesia, to visit PT. Goodyear Indonesia, Tbk’s manufacturing facilities to highlight the long-term contributions of U.S. companies in Indonesia.  Ambassador Blake congratulated Goodyear for its contributions toward improving the safety and quality of automobiles in Indonesia and across the region with its tire technology and products, as well as ... Read More»

Fluidic Energy: Producing Cost-Efficient, Environmentally Friendly Cellular Tower Batteries in Indonesia

U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake visited the American-owned Fluidic Energy factory in Bogor on July 14.  Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Fluidic Energy uses metal-air battery technology and integrated intelligence to develop energy storage solutions for various peak shaving applications.  PT Fluidic Energy Indonesia (FEI) opened their Indonesian manufacturing plant in 2010, and partners with ... Read More»

Film Forward 2014

Film Forward (FF) is an international touring program designed to enhance greater cultural understanding, collaboration and dialogue around the globe by engaging audiences through the exhibition of films, workshops and conversations with filmmakers.  FF gives U.S. embassies the opportunity to bring award-winning documentaries to audiences around the world to offer views of contemporary American and ... Read More»

Ramadan Outreach: Ambassador Visits Pesantren, Strengthens Ties with Muslim Leaders

On July 15, Ambassador Blake traveled to nearby Tangerang to visit the Daar El Qolam Pesantren, an Islamic boarding school founded in 1968. Speaking to an enthusiastic audience of 800 high school students, the Ambassador focused on religious diversity in the U.S. and the vibrant role of Islam in American culture and society. He answered ... Read More»

Buka Puasa Highlights U.S-Indonesia Environmental Cooperation

On the evening of July 8, Ambassador Blake hosted a buka puasa highlighting environmental and economic cooperation between the U.S. and Indonesia.  Guest speaker Deputy Minister of Environment Rasio Ridho Sani spoke passionately about the need for a united global community focus on environmental issues such as climate change and pollution.  He hailed the spirit of cooperation ... Read More»

Breaking Ramadan Fast with Disadvantaged Youth

On July 7, Deputy Chief of Mission Kristen Bauer hosted over 100 orphans at her home for an Iftar dinner to celebrate Ramadan.  The children were from local orphanages and NGOs that provide education and life skills to escape urban poverty.  After breaking their fast, the children gave cultural performances.  Eight American YES (Youth Exchange ... Read More»

U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue to be Held in Beijing, China, on July 9-10, 2014

The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced that the sixth meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) will be held in Beijing, China, July 9-10, 2014. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, as President Obama’s Special Representatives, will be joined for ... Read More»

Alpha-I Launch Strengthens U.S.-Indonesia Partnership

On June 26, Ambassador Robert Blake and Deputy Chief of Mission Kristen Bauer hosted a reception to officially launch Alpha-I, a registered community service organization that is comprised of approximately 100 Indonesian professionals who earned master’s or doctoral degrees through U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) scholarships. The majority of these alumni graduated from U.S. ... Read More»

Embassy Jakarta Celebrates the 4th with Innovation, Social Media, Makers

On June 25, Embassy Jakarta hosted the USA’s 238th birthday celebration with a reception for hundreds of important contacts and media.  With “American Innovation” as the theme, the Embassy celebrated American leadership and ingenuity in food, education, space exploration, and consumer technology with interactive booths and maker spaces. A partnership between the Embassy and private sector ... Read More»

YES Students Return from U.S., Celebrate New Friendships & Bonds

On June 23, Deputy Chief of Mission Kristen Bauer hosted a welcome home reception for 85 Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program participants. These recently returned alumni spent a year studying at U.S. high schools. They shared heartwarming stories and impressions of their time traveling, making friends, and living with American host families. Participating students ... Read More»

YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grants Competition

The Department of State requests proposals from non-profit organizations interested in a cooperative agreement award from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) to manage the  Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)  Seeds for the Future grants competition.  Approximately $750,000.00 will be awarded for the program. The YSEALI Seeds for the Future program will provide ... Read More»

Secretary Kerry’s State Department Ocean Conference Results in $1.8 Billion in Pledges

Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced today that the State Department’s first “Our Ocean” Conference resulted in commitments from government and private sources valued at more than $800 million to conserve the ocean and its resources for future generations. In addition, Norway announced it will allocate $1 billion to climate change mitigation and adaptation ... Read More»

Welcoming Remarks at Our Ocean Conference

Cathy, thank you very, very much. Welcome, everybody, distinguished guests all. We have many government leaders, many people, as Cathy mentioned, from foundations, from NGOs, from various interested entities. We are really delighted to have such an extraordinary expert concerned group come together to discuss this really critical issue. And I am personally very, very ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Highlights Comprehensive Cooperation in Papua and West Papua

Jayapura – From June 8-13, 2014, Ambassador Robert Blake traveled to the provinces of Papua and West Papua to meet with government officials, civil society leaders, alumni of U.S. exchange programs, and visit U.S. government-supported programs that combat HIV/AIDS, support marine biodiversity, and improve health care services.   Ambassador Blake’s six day visit is part of ... Read More»

Remembering the Sailors on the USS Houston

Deputy Chief of Mission Kristen Bauer joined U.S. and Indonesian military personnel participating in the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2014 exercise series to lay a wreath at the site of the USS Houston. Houston was sunk during the World War II Battle of Sunda Strait Feb. 28, 1942 with the loss of more ... Read More»

Garuda Indonesia & Delta Airlines Launch New Partnership

Ambassador Blake hosted a reception at his residence on June 2 to announce new U.S. tourism promotion initiatives, including a partnership between Garuda Indonesia and Delta Airlines. In front of a crowd of over 200 guests, including travel agents, company executives, and government officials, the two airlines announced a code-sharing agreement on flights from Jakarta ... Read More»

Pacific Partnership 2014 Kicks Off with Opening Ceremony in Indonesia

KUPANG, Indonesia – Service members from three partner nations, members of the humanitarian community and the United States conducted an opening ceremony hosted by the Indonesian armed Forces (TNI) to officially commence Pacific Partnership 2014 in Kupang, Indonesia May 26. In its ninth iteration, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief ... Read More»

Ambassador Blake Speaks to Workshop on Good Governance

On May 19, US Ambassador Robert Blake addressed the opening session of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (KEMLU) Indonesia-Africa and Middle East Technical Cooperation Program on Good Governance.  The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), supported the workshop as one of the initiatives between the US, Indonesia, and third countries under the ... Read More»

Ambassador Blake Supports Habitat for Humanity

U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake joined Habitat for Humanity Indonesia (HFH Indonesia) to partner in building houses for Indonesian families-in-need. Ambassador Blake and U.S. Marines from the Embassy participated with volunteers from the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Board, American Women Association (AWA), and ENI Indonesia. The Ambassador and other volunteers helped construct three houses for ... Read More»

Blood4Nation 2014: It’s Easy To Be A Hero

Fusing community service and public diplomacy outreach to help address Indonesia’s acute blood shortage, for the last two years the U.S. Embassy has cooperated with the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) and the local NGO Blood4Life to organize a nationwide blood drive throughout Indonesia, aptly titled Blood4Nation. More than a blood drive, this initiative engaged civil ... Read More»

Bogor Multi-Lateral Partnership to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

The U.S. Embassy and the Indonesian Attorney General’s Office jointly organized a Multi-lateral Wildlife Trafficking Workshop in Bogor running from May 6 – 8.  The Workshop includes investigators and prosecutors from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.  Sarah Sewall, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, and Basuni Masarif, Indonesian Deputy Attorney ... Read More»

Be a Hero, Donate Blood — “Blood4Nation” Campaign Saving Lives

JAKARTA – On May 6-7, the U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), and NGO Blood4Life will hold a national blood drive in Jakarta and five other cities around Indonesia.  Blood4Nation seeks to promote and highlight the importance of donating blood to keep a reliable blood supply for Indonesia and provide a live-saving resource to patients ... Read More»

U.S. and Indonesia Award Grants to Promote Forest Conservation and Combat Climate Change

JAKARTA – U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake and Indonesia Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan launched the first round of forest conservation grants under the $28.5 million Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA) Kalimantan.  The awards to nine organizations, which will initially work in Kapuas Hulu District (West Kalimantan) and Berau, Mahakam Ulu and Kutai Barat Districts (East Kalimantan), ... Read More»

Ambassador Blake Visits Chevron’s Salak Geothermal Plant to Highlight Geothermal Energy Potential

JAKARTA – U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake visited the largest geothermal power plant in Indonesia on April 10.  The 377 megawatt Salak geothermal power plant operated by Chevron Geothermal Salak, which has contributed to national electricity needs since 1994, is an example of the important role of U.S. companies in supporting Indonesia’s energy and ... Read More»

U.S. Department of State Supports Indonesian Entrepreneurs through GIST

JAKARTA – On April 6, the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global, in cooperation with GEPIndonesia, welcomed over 180 Indonesian entrepreneurs and angel investors to the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) DEMO Day. Top Indonesian startups pitched their science and technology business ideas to the audience at the Four Seasons Hotel and ... Read More»

Statement by Marie Harf, Deputy Spokesperson: United States Concern Over Events in Rakhine State

The United States remains deeply concerned by the humanitarian crisis in Burma’s Rakhine State.  Violent mob attacks on United Nations and nongovernmental organization offices worsened an already troubling situation stemming from restriction of the operations of a major humanitarian organization that provided health care services to 140,000 internally displaced persons and hundreds of thousands of ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Highlights Science and Technology Cooperation in Bandung, West Java

Bandung — On April 2, 2014, Ambassador Robert Blake traveled to Bandung, West Java to promote the business and education pillars of the U.S. – Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership.  Ambassador Blake’s visit is part of his continuing travel across Indonesia to engage local leaders, businesses, civil society and students to advance cooperation and partnership with the ... Read More»

Former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Passes

Ambassador Robert Blake and the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta express condolences to the family of former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Edward E. Masters who passed away on March 21, 2014. Edward Masters had a thirty year career with the U.S. Department of State, including serving as Ambassador to Indonesia (1977-81) and Bangladesh (1976-77).  Following his ... Read More»

Illinois University-Champaign Alumni Share Academic Experiences in the U.S.

Ambassador Blake provided remarks at an education seminar on March 22, hosted by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Alumni Association.  The event included a panel discussion about studying in the United States with some of Indonesia’s most distinguished U.S. alumni, including the Vice Minister of Finance, significant businessmen, and notable educators.  Over 350 students and ... Read More»

Ambassador Remarks on U.S. Innovation + Entrepreneurship at UPH

Ambassador Blake spoke to 300 students and faculty at Universitas Pelita Harapan on March 18.  His remarks  focused on U.S. entrepreneurship and innovation, highlighting the importance of America’s strong research facilities, rule of law, vigorous venture capital system, and open immigration system. Ambassador Blake encouraged young Indonesians to harness their creativity and passion as innovators, which will ... Read More»

Ukraine Crisis Discussion at @america

Chargé d’Affaires Kristen Bauer opened a discussion on the crisis in the Ukraine which outlined the context for the current crisis and the international community’s response. Representatives from the Ukrainian Embassy in Jakarta, as well as the EU Delegation, the Polish Embassy and Indonesia Defense University joined the U.S. Embassy to share information on the ... Read More»

Indonesian Student Selected as February 2014 YES Student of the Month

Muhammad Barustan from Indonesia has been selected as February 2014 YES Student of the Month. Since arriving in West Salem, Wisconsin, he has embraced his community and life with his host family, the Andersons, and has immersed himself in community service, sports, and school clubs. As the holiday season came around, Muhammad noticed that a ... Read More»

Emphasizing Plumbing & Sanitation Systems to Ensure Good Health

Charge d’Affaires Kristen Bauer joined Russ Chaney, CEO of the US-based International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), at a community event on March 10 to teach children about the importance of quality plumbing and sanitation systems for good health. The event took place at Yayasan Rahmatan Lil-Amin, an orphanage in East Jakarta. Highlighting ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Kerry after Meeting of International Support Group on Lebanon

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good evening everybody. Thank you very much. I know you’ve all been extremely patient and it’s been a long day. First of all, I want to thank Foreign Minister Fabius and the French Government for a tremendous job of hosting the International Support Group on Lebanon today. And I really don’t want – ... Read More»

Testimony by Assistant Secretary Daniel R. Russel Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

Opportunities and Challenges in the U.S.-Japan and U.S.-Republic of Korea Alliances Chairman Cardin and Members of the Subcommittee, I am pleased to appear before you today to discuss this important topic. Early in his first term, President Obama began implementing his vision for the Asia-Pacific rebalance, based on America’s enduring stake in a prosperous and ... Read More»

Pacific Clave Plays Banten

Following their weekend performances at the Java Jazz Festival, U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific – Pacific Clave performed to a packed house at Daar El Qolam Pesantren in Banten. The band conducted an interactive master class for the school’s marching band (who also performed at Java Jazz), followed by an inspiring performance for ... Read More»

Press Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Situation in Ukraine

The United States condemns the Russian Federation’s invasion and occupation of Ukrainian territory, and its violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity in full contravention of Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine, and the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. This action is a threat to the ... Read More»

U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific Bringing World Music to Jakarta

U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake is pleased to welcome Pacific Clave, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific’s world music ensemble, to Jakarta. The group will perform its uniquely American brand of world music for Indonesian audiences at the Java Jazz Festival, at a Banten pesantren and @america. Pacific Clave will kick off its Jakarta ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry on the Release of the Annual Country Report on Human Rights

SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, good morning, everybody.  Excuse me.  I’ve got a little allergies this morning, I think. I’m delighted to be here this morning for the second Human Rights report that I have issued as Secretary, and I’m particularly pleased to be here with our Acting Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Uzra ... Read More»

Ambassador Opens “Safe Medicines” PSA Contest

In partnership with the Indonesia Anti-Counterfeiting Society (MIAP) and the Food and Drug Agency (BPOM), the Ambassador launched a new “Safe Medicines and Cosmetics” public service announcement (PSA) contest at @america on February 26. During opening remarks to a packed house of government officials, private sector stakeholders, media, and students, the Ambassador called on young ... Read More»

Ambassador Opens U.S. Higher Education Fair

Ambassador Blake opened the EducationUSA Higher Education Fair on February 23 at the Le Meridien Hotel in Jakarta. The fair featured 41 U.S. colleges and universities who are visiting Indonesia to recruit applicants. 855 students and parents attended the fair, which also featured presentations on college applications, admissions essays, and student visas. In his opening ... Read More»

U.S. Provides Additional Assistance for Mt. Sinabung Emergency Response

On February 19, Ambassador Robert Blake provided an additional $200,000 for logistical support as part of the ongoing emergency response to the Mount Sinabung eruptions in North Sumatra. The U.S. government is supporting operations and logistics through Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) as the agency continues to manage the emergency response to the Mt. ... Read More»

Ambassador Blake Addresses International Correspondents

Ambassador Blake spoke to the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club (JFCC) to outline his bilateral relations priorities and sum up the outcomes of Secretary Kerry’s visit. A lively crowd of journalists, diplomats, and corporate representatives asked about the upcoming Indonesian elections, the prospects for the trade and investment relationship, and the effect of the recent regulations ... Read More»

One Horn or Two? Ambassador Blake Engages Youth on Rhino Conservation

On February 19, two days after Secretary Kerry’s signing of the bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Conserving Wildlife and Combating Wildlife Trafficking, Ambassador Blake and Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan conducted their first joint public awareness at event at @america, highlighting the need to reduce demand for the illicit trade in wildlife. The Ambassador ... Read More»

United States Provides Additional $200,000 to Support Indonesians Displaced by Mount Sinabung Eruptions

Medan – Ambassador Robert Blake provided an additional $200,000 for logistical support as part of the ongoing emergency response to the Mount Sinabung eruptions in North Sumatra.  The U.S. government is supporting operations and logistics through Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) as the agency continues to manage the emergency response to the Mt. Sinabung ... Read More»

Media Note: United States and Indonesia Sign South-South and Triangular Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding to Support Developing Countries

The United States and Indonesia, the world’s second and third largest democracies, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to facilitate their work together to support developing countries. The MoU on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) will allow the United States and Indonesia to scale up joint development assistance and establish a framework for capacity ... Read More»

Media Note: United States and Indonesia Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Conserving Wildlife and Combating Wildlife Trafficking

The United States and Indonesia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to facilitate joint efforts to protect wildlife and promote conservation in Indonesia. The MoU will allow the United States and Indonesia to strengthen capacity for wildlife conservation and management, including efforts to protect critical habitat, strengthen scientific information in support of conservation programs, ... Read More»

Climate Change Conference Highlights Challenge of Wetlands Management

Ambassador Blake spoke at the launch event of an U.S.-funded international conference on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by protecting wetlands on February 10. Twelve diplomatic missions including seven ambassadors attended yesterday’s @america event co-hosted with the Chair of the Indonesian National Council on Climate Change, Rachmat Witoelar. Ambassador Blake spoke about the United States’ ... Read More»

United States Provides $100,000 in Assistance to Support Indonesians Displaced by Mount Sinabung Eruptions

JAKARTA – In response to the ongoing eruptions of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra, United States Ambassador Robert Blake offered $100,000 to support the Government of Indonesia’s response. The U.S. government, through the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing humanitarian relief items to people residing ... Read More»

American Film Showcase Celebrates Youth, Diversity and Civil Society in Indonesia

JAKARTA – Today the U.S. Embassy welcomed two distinguished American filmmakers, Freida Mock and Richard Pearce, to Jakarta as part of the American Film Showcase (AFS) program. Over the next two weeks, the filmmakers will meet with Indonesians in Java, Kalimantan and Sumatera to share their perspectives on American films and to discuss their careers. While ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary of State Danny Russel’s Testimony Before Congress

Asst. Sec. of State Danny Russel testified on February 5 before the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.  He was the sole witness for the hearing.  The hearing was entitled “America’s Future in Asia: From Rebalancing to Managing Sovereignty Disputes.”  His prepared statement was entitled “Maritime Disputes in East Asia.” Attached (PDF 179 KB)  is ... Read More»

Increased Funding Supports Joint U.S. and Indonesian Research in Maternal Health

JAKARTA – The United States will provide more than $1 million of funding for maternal health research as part of the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program. The United States will award grants to Indonesian researchers for collaborative research with American scientists in maternal and neonatal health. “Collaboration is the foundation of these ... Read More»

Ambassador Blake Introduces Himself to Indonesian Media

Ambassador Robert Blake held his first interviews with journalists from television print, online, and radio outlets to highlight his goals for engagement with Indonesia on February 3. The Ambassador highlighted his interest in expansion of economic opportunity through greater trade and investment, as well as opportunities to partner in addressing environmental and climate change challenges. ... Read More»

Foreign Correspondents Discuss Their Indonesia Experiences at @america

On Tuesday, January 28 the Embassy hosted “Covering Indonesia” at @america with Joe Cochrane, the Indonesia correspondent for The International New York Times, and Samuel Reeves, News Editor for Agence France-Presse. Cochrane and Reeves spoke to an audience of 130—including around 80 journalists—about their experiences working as foreign reporters in Jakarta. The event ended with ... Read More»

United States Expands Program to Combat Tuberculosis to Jakarta

On January 28 at an event in Jakarta, the U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Kristen Bauer and the provincial government of DKI Jakarta launched the Community Empowerment of People Against Tuberculosis (CEPAT) health program. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the program supports community-based outreach and care for tuberculosis (TB). To increase the number ... Read More»

United States Expands Program to Combat Tuberculosis to Jakarta

Today, the U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Kristen Bauer and the provincial government of DKI Jakarta launched the Community Empowerment of People Against Tuberculosis (CEPAT) health program in Jakarta. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the program supports community-based outreach and care for tuberculosis (TB). “USAID’s CEPAT program supports Indonesian organizations and local communities ... Read More»

Jump Ropes, Kettle Bells, and Burpees Oh My: CrossFit Comes to @america

Fitness enthusiasts and curious members of the public gathered on the afternoon of January 26 at @america in the Pacific Place mall to learn about health, fitness, and the phenomenon called “CrossFit.” Coaches Luke and Karina from CrossFit Senayan delivered a presentation on healthy habits, proper diet, and the importance of exercise. Stressing the importance ... Read More»

U.S. Investment in Indonesia: A Sustainable Success

On the evening of January 21, @america hosted “Sustainable Success: How Businesses Are Profiting from Environmentally Sustainable Practices.” This program highlighted best management practices of U.S. companies in Indonesia who have taken a leadership role in making investments that both improve the bottom line and have social and environmental benefits. Charge d’Affaires Kristen Bauer gave ... Read More»

@ameri-Con comes to Jakarta

On January 18-19, Charge d’Affaires Kristen Bauer welcomed more than 1,400 visitors to @ameri-Con 2014, the U.S. Embassy’s annual comic convention or comic-con. This two-day event brought together comic book lovers, costume players (cosplayers), fan-based clubs, and the general public for seminars, presentations, toy displays, gaming, and costume performances. The highlight of the event was ... Read More»

Inspiring Indonesia’s Youth: American Youth Leader Noor Tagouri at @america

On the evening of January 16 before an audience of nearly 200, American university student and founder of the global #LetNoorShine youth movement Noor Tagouri shared her inspiring message of perseverance in pursuit of one’s dreams.  Noting that January 16 was also U.S. Religious Freedom day, in her opening remarks Charge d’Affaires Kristen Bauer emphasized ... Read More»

Transatlantic Interests in Asia

Transcript: Q & A Daniel R. Russel Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Chair: Xenia Dormandy Project Director, US; Acting Dean, Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, Chatham House Catham House, London January 13, 2014 Xenia Dormandy: I’m going to open it up to the floor, but as you’re all thinking about ... Read More»

Collaborating to Protect Indonesia’s Tropical Forests & Biodiversity

The United States government and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry today launched a new rainforest standard for carbon credits in West Bali National Park. Based on long-standing collaboration between the University of Indonesia and Columbia University in the U.S., the Rainforest Standard is the world’s first carbon credit standard to fully integrate requirements for carbon ... Read More»

Women’s Issues in Indonesia: Discussion with Indonesian NGO Representatives

On January 13, the Embassy hosted a coffee to hear from NGOs their perspectives on women’s priorities where the U.S. should focus its support. Topics of discussion included low levels of education, challenges in gender prioritization for higher education opportunities, low levels of political participation, and barriers to economic independence. Participants agreed that capacity building ... Read More»

@america Welcomes 500,000th Visitor

On Saturday, January 11, the 500,000th visitor to @america stepped through the doors of the U.S. Government’s high-tech cultural center in the Pacific Place Mall in Jakarta. Syarifah Rahma was recognized by Ambassador-designate Robert Blake and received a package of English and Indonesian language books on an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. Syarifah was visiting @america together ... Read More»

@america Welcomes 500,000th Visitor

On Saturday, January 11, the 500,000th visitor to @america stepped through the doors of the U.S. Government’s high-tech cultural center in the Pacific Place Mall in Jakarta. Syarifah Rahma was recognized by Ambassador-designate Robert Blake and received a package of English and Indonesian language books on an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. “We opened @america on December ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) – 2014 Large Grants Program Competition

The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta is now accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2013 Large Grants Program competition. The application process takes place in two rounds: Project Abstract (Round 1) and Full Project Proposal (Round 2).   Interested parties must submit Project Abstracts for Round 1 via email to  WhitakerFJ@state.gov and  RahardjoCB@state.gov ... Read More»

Education, Empowerment, and Awareness: Addressing Women’s Issues in Indonesia

Hundreds of middle school, high school, and university students attended @america on the afternoon of January 6 for a special screening of “Girl Rising,” a documentary showcasing stories of girls from around the world on how education helped them make meaningful changes to the world around them.  Following the screening of Bahasa Indonesia-subtitled stories from ... Read More»

The Asia Rebalance Is Here to Stay

by Daniel R. Russel Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs The security and prosperity of the United States are inextricably linked to the peaceful development of the Asia-Pacific. That’s why nearly five years ago President Obama decided to make engagement in this region a strategic priority of the United States. And that’s ... Read More»
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