Remarks by Secretary Pompeo on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Violence against women is a global issue that affects millions of people annually. Every woman and girl deserves a life free from violence. The United States is committed to advancing gender equality and preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women and girls, from domestic and sexual violence to forced marriage and so-called honor ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with President Joko Widodo of Indonesia

The Vice President met today with President Joko Widodo of Indonesia to reaffirm the United States-Indonesia Strategic Partnership. The Vice President conveyed condolences for the victims and families of those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia; the United States contributed almost $12 million in disaster assistance for relief efforts. The Vice ...
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Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy

The end of the Cold War forced new thinking among policymakers and analysts about the greatest challenges to U.S. national security. The emergence of al Qaeda,   cybercriminals, and other dangerous entities affirmed the threat of nonstate actors. But equally daunting has been the resurgence of outlaw regimes—rogue states that defy international norms, fail to respect ...
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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2019 – Large Grants Competition Funding Opportunity

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2019. Large Grants Competition Funding Opportunity. Request for Proposals. (Deadline: November 30, 2018) 1. The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta is now accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019 Large Grant Competition.  Proposals must include all items as noted in paragraph # 9.  Incomplete proposals ...
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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2019 – Small Grants Competition Funding Opportunity

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2019. Small Grants Competition Funding Opportunity. Request for Proposals. (Deadline: November 30, 2018) 1. The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta is now accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019 Small Grant Competition.  Proposals must include all items as noted in paragraph # 9.  Incomplete proposals ...
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Diversity Visa (DV) Program 2020

Diversity Visa (DV) 2020 will be open for entries beginning noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 3, 2018, and will close for entries at noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) on November 6, 2018. As in prior years, the Department of State will conduct the DV-2020 program entirely electronically and no paper entries accepted. We ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Joko Widodo of the Republic of Indonesia

Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Joko Widodo of the Republic of Indonesia.  The President shared his condolences for the earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on September 28, 2018.  He offered his support to the victims and their families and acknowledged the Indonesian Government’s leadership in response to the crisis.  ...
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Statement of Ambassador Donovan Regarding the Earthquake in Sulawesi

All of the U.S. Embassy staff across Indonesia express our condolences to the families and communities affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi.  I have reached out to Foreign Minister Marsudi to convey our condolences and to offer our assistance.  Indonesia is an important partner, and we stand ready to work together to ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Republic of Indonesia Vice President Jusuf Kalla

The Vice President met today with the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Jusuf Kalla. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ Strategic Partnership with Indonesia and the 70 years of bilateral relations that the two nations will celebrate in 2019. He congratulated the Vice President on Indonesia’s election to the UN Security ...
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Ambassador Donovan Inaugurates Fourth Annual EducationUSA Graduate Fair

Jakarta – U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr. and Professor Dr. Paulina Pannen, an expert in higher education at the Directorate General of Higher Education, Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education inaugurated the fourth annual EducationUSA graduate fair in Jakarta on September 16. The Ambassador emphasized the importance of education to the U.S.-Indonesia ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Eid al-Adha Greeting

SECRETARY POMPEO:  Hi everyone, I’m Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  Today, I would like to wish all Muslims a blessed Eid Al Adha to mark the end of the Hajj pilgrimage. This is a time of reflection and prayer, when Muslims around the world come together with friends and family in the spirit of peace ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Mike Pompeo met with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Jakarta on August 4, reaffirming close bilateral relations and a strong U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership as we look ahead to celebrating 70 years of diplomatic ties in 2019. The Secretary thanked the Foreign Minister for Indonesia’s leadership ...
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Interview With Kania Sutisnawinata of Metro TV

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Jakarta, Indonesia August 5, 2018 QUESTION: Secretary Pompeo, thank you again for this opportunity. SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s great to be with you. QUESTION: It’s such a pleasure to have you here in Jakarta, Indonesia. SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s wonderful to be here. QUESTION: I understand this is your first visit. SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s my first trip ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Visits Jakarta, Indonesia

[Flickr] U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Visits Jakarta, Indonesia Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Jakarta FACT SHEET: Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Interview With Kania Sutisnawinata of Metro TV Remarks With Indonesian President Joko Widodo Before Their Meeting Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi
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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Jakarta

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Singapore, Singapore; and Jakarta, Indonesia August 1-5. In Kuala Lumpur, August 2-3, the Secretary will meet senior Malaysian officials to discuss strengthening the Comprehensive Partnership and advancing common security and economic interests based on our strongly shared democratic values, following the recent historic ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo – United States Commemorates World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, we join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and our international partners in commemorating the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution and conflict. As global displacement has reached record levels, it is vital that new actors ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi

Secretary Pompeo welcomed Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to the Department of State in Washington, DC today. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Marsudi reaffirmed the U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership, agreeing that the United States and Indonesia should continue to work together, as two major democracies, promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister ...
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FACT SHEET: Five Things to Know About this Year’s International Religious Freedom Report Release

2018 Marks the 20th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act In 1998, Congress overwhelmingly passed the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Act –groundbreaking and bipartisan legislation that affirmed the importance of promoting international religious freedom as a key aspect of America’s foreign policy.  President Clinton signed it into law on October 27, 1998.  This law ...
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Ambassador Donovan Shares Ramadan Wishes on Indonesian Television’s Highest Rated Comedy Talk Show

On May 21, Ambassador Donovan appeared as a guest star on Ini Talkshow, the highest rated comedy talk show on Indonesian television, with an estimated viewership of more than eight million people. During the live broadcast at 2:00 am or sahur, the time when Indonesian Muslims partake of the pre-dawn meal in preparation for fasting, ...
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United States and Indonesia Meet Under Trade and Investment Framework Agreement

Jakarta, Indonesia – The United States and Indonesia held meetings on May 15, 2018 under their Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) to discuss ways to further strengthen trade relations and promote free, fair, and reciprocal trade between them. During the meetings, the United States and Indonesia agreed to work together to address outstanding issues ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Occasion of Ramadan

On behalf of the United States Department of State, I offer best wishes to Muslims around the world for a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. For those observing this month, it is a time of reverence, generosity, and spiritual introspection.  Ramadan is also a cherished time of community, often spent reconnecting with family and friends.  It ...
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U.S. Condemns Attacks on Surabaya Churches

The United States strongly condemns this morning’s attacks on three churches in Surabaya.  These attacks on peaceful worshipers are an affront to the tolerance and diversity embraced by Indonesians.  The United States stands with the people of Indonesia, and we offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims.
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“Ambassadors’ Dig” Builds Homes in Sentul, West Java

On May 12, 2018, Ambassador Donovan joined ambassadors from eleven countries to build homes for disadvantaged families in Sentul, West Java. An annual program organized by organized by Habitat for Humanity, the “Ambassadors’ Dig” brings together chiefs of diplomatic missions in Indonesia to build homes for underserved communities. Speaking at the event, Ambassador Donovan said, ...
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Meet Mike Pompeo, the New Secretary of State

Few Americans possess a resume as varied as that of Mike Pompeo: first in his class at West Point, an editor of the Harvard Law Review, entrepreneur, congressman and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Add a new line to that resume: America’s chief diplomat. Pompeo, 54, was sworn in 26 April 2018 as the ...
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USNS Mercy, Pacific Partnership Mission Arrive in Bengkulu

BENGKULU, Indonesia – U.S. and partner nation service members participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 arrived in Bengkulu, Indonesia aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) March 29. The mission in Bengkulu will continue through April 12 and will feature mission personnel working side-by-side with Indonesian medical professionals, participating in civil engineering projects, ...
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Statement by Ambassador Donovan on President Trump’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

When President Trump announced that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its seat of government yesterday, the President also publicly reaffirmed that the United States supports the status quo at the holy sites of Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif.  As the President said in his remarks, “Jerusalem is today, and must remain, ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: President Trump’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

December 6, 2017 President Trump‘s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital aligns U.S. presence with the reality that Jerusalem is home to Israel’s legislature, Supreme Court, President’s office, and Prime Minister‘s office. We have consulted with many friends, partners, and allies in advance of the President making his decision.  We firmly believe there is ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: On the Latest DPRK Missile Launch

The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of what is likely an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, indiscriminately threatening its neighbors, the region and global stability. The DPRK’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them must be reversed.  Together the international community must continue to send a ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford invited Commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces General Gatot Nurmantyo to attend a Chiefs of Defense Conference on Countering Violent Extremism being held October 23-24 in Washington, D.C. General Gatot was unable to travel as planned. The Embassy was in touch with the General’s staff ...
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New Entry Period for Diversity Visa Program (DV) 2019

The 2019 Diversity Visa website is currently down for maintenance. Due to technical issues, the current registration period for Diversity Visa-2019 is being extended, and all enrollments made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted. The new entry period for DV-2019 will open for electronic entries at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, ...
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Diversity Visa (DV) Program 2019

Diversity Visa 2019 opens for electronic entries at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Tuesday, October 3, 2017, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Applicants can access the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at the official E-DV website,  dvlottery.state.gov , during the registration period. DV instructions also are available on the Department of State’s ...
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Ambassador Donovan Highlights Link Between Investment, Education, and Prosperity in Bojonegoro

United States Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph R. Donovan Jr, saw first-hand how ExxonMobil and the Regency of Bojonegro are partnering to improve the future of Bojonegoro’s communities.  Ambassador Donovan, accompanied by Surabaya Consul General Heather Variava, visited ExxonMobil’s Banyu Urip project, one of Indonesia’s largest oil developments, and later met with the Regent of Bojonegoro, ...
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Ambassador Donovan Inaugurates EducationUSA Graduate Fairs in Malang and Jakarta

Ambassador Donovan and a senior Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education official opened the EducationUSA Graduate Fair in Jakarta on September 16.  The Ambassador emphasized the importance of education in the U.S.-Indonesia strategic partnership and highlighted the quality and benefits of studying in the U.S. More than 1,450 Indonesian students participated in EducationUSA Indonesia’s third ...
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U.S. Littoral Combat Ship, USS Coronado Makes Port Visit to Jakarta, Indonesia

The USS Coronado (LCS 4), one of the U.S. Navy’s newest warships, made a good will port visit to Jakarta from September 14-16. During the visit to Jakarta the crew hosted a reception attended by the Ambassador, Indonesian Minister for Maritime Affairs Susi Pudjiastuti and Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan, ambassadors from ...
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Statement from Secretary Tillerson on the Occasion of Eid al-Adha

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 31, 2017 As the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca and Medina comes to a close, I wish Muslims across the globe a meaningful and blessed Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha, also known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice,’ is a special time when millions of Muslims ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: Indonesia National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the Republic of Indonesia as it celebrates its National Day and 72nd year of independence on August 17th. The United States and Indonesia share much in common as two dynamic and diverse democracies and G20 economies.  We continue to reaffirm ...
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Ambassador Donovan Promotes U.S.-Indonesian Partnership in Sumatra

The Ambassador emphasized the United States’ commitment to strengthening our economic partnership, expanding educational exchange programs, and supporting Indonesia’s own efforts to increase access to clean water and sanitation services during a July 4-6 visit to Medan, North Sumatra.  North Sumatra Governor Tengku Erry Nuradi discussed the province’s power deficit.  U.S. Embassy Foreign Commercial Officer ...
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Ambassador Donovan Attended Ramadan Jazz Festival

U.S. Ambassador Joseph R. Donovan Jr. attended the Ramadan Jazz Festival at Cut Meutia Mosque in Jakarta on June 10, to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. Mission to Indonesia and one of the most influential young Muslim communities in Jakarta. His visit is also to underscore our shared values of tolerance and diversity, as ...
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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2017 – Request for Proposals

DEADLINE: JANUARY 10, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta is now accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2017 Competition. Proposals must include all items as noted in paragraph # 9.  Incomplete proposals will not be considered.  All proposals must be submitted by e-mail to RahardjoCB@state.gov and SchinnererK@state.gov   The deadline for ...
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Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Open until November 7

The Department of State administers the Congressionally-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program annually.  Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States, including Indonesia.  For Fiscal Year 2018, 50,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Indonesia’s Independence Day 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, it is with great pleasure that I send my sincerest regards to the people of Indonesia on the 71st anniversary of your independence this August 17. Deeply rooted in the democratic values and respect for civil society that our peoples share, the ties between our nations ...
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U.S. Dept. of State Spokesperson John Kirby on the Decision in the Philippines-China Arbitration

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC July 12, 2016   The decision today by the Tribunal in the Philippines-China arbitration is an important contribution to the shared goal of a peaceful resolution to disputes in the South China Sea. We are still studying the decision and ...
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Idul Fitri Greetings by Deputy Consul U.S. Consulate Medan

Deputy Consul U.S. Consulate Medan Tamra Greig conveyed greetings to Muslims who celebrate Idul Fitri in the Sumatra and Indonesia. Tamra said Idul Fitri was an occasion to spend time with loved ones, help those who are less fortunate, and contemplate the wisdom and peace that comes with faith. ‘€œMay this coming year bring you ...
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Remarks by Secretary Kerry on the Occasion of Ramadan

On behalf of the United States Department of State, Teresa and I wish Muslims in the United States and around the world a happy and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a cherished month in Islam. It is a sacred period of prayer and fasting, offering hospitality, and remembering those who are less fortunate. Through our embassies ...
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Cooking Demo Highlights US Products in Lead-up to Ramadan

Ambassador Blake led a cooking demonstration on May 31 at the Sea Breeze restaurant in Jakarta promoting US dates, apples, walnuts, potatoes, beef, citrus, and prunes in advance of the Ramadan season. Working alongside an Indonesian chef, the Ambassador prepared several traditional Indonesian dishes using American ingredients, creating fusion cuisine that could be prepared at ...
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Bringing the U.S. & Indonesia Closer Through Education & Volunteerism

Central government as well as East Java and West Java government officials joined the Ambassador June 1 to swear-in 68 new Peace Corps Volunteers in Kediri, the largest batch of volunteers in Indonesia to date.  The Ambassador deputized the volunteers to be US ambassadors to their host communities, building personal ties between the United States ...
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Leveled Reading Books Support Indonesian Literacy

On May 24, Deputy Chief of Mission Brian McFeeters participated in a hand-over ceremony with the Director General of Basic Education at the Ministry of Education and Culture, symbolizing the provision of over eight million leveled reading books as part of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) PRIORITAS program. In turn, the Director General ...
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@america Press Conference & Performance ‎Highlights Ambassador’s Upcoming Sinetron Appearance

On May 20, Ambassador Blake appeared with rising Muslim pop star Harris J to highlight their upcoming sinetron appearance on national TV station RCTI (estimated viewership of 30 million) during Ramadan. DNA Productions and Warner Music Indonesia representatives also discussed the collaborative effort that brought internet star Harris J (a UK citizen signed by US-based ...
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Strengthening Ties Through Education, Building A Positive Future for the U.S. and Indonesia

On May 18, USAID’s Program to Extend Scholarships to Achieve Sustainable Impacts (PRESTASI) held a ceremony to mark the successful completion of English-language, leadership, and statistics training for 37 Indonesians who will pursue a master’s degree in the US in the 2016 academic year. After completion of their degree, the scholars will return to Indonesia ...
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MOOC Connects Indonesian Students to US Higher Education, Political Activism‎, and Women’s Empowerment

On May 4, ‎the Embassy wrapped up a five-week challenging MOOC (massive open online course) at @america titled The Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World, from Coursera and Smith College. During the course, Indonesian participants engaged in in-depth discussions on political activism in the US by examining the lives of nine prominent women ...
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‎Treasury Acting Under Secretary Adam J. Szubin visits Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced that Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam J. Szubin will visit Jakarta, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, Malaysia, and Singapore on May 2-5, 2016. During his trip, Acting Under Secretary Szubin will discuss anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) efforts with senior ...
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Protecting Victims of Trafficking by Enhancing Integrated Services

Deputy Chief of Mission Brian McFeeters introduced an April 29 @america event that launched two new handbooks to help trafficking victims in Indonesia.  The handbooks were produced by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the NEXUS Institute with the support of the U.S. Department of State and in cooperation with a number of Government ...
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Come Study in the U.S.: Opportunities for Indonesians Abound!

On April 28, Deputy Chief of Mission Brian McFeeters, along with a representative from the Government of Indonesia’s Scholarship Division of LPDP (Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan), emphasized the benefits of studying in the U.S., highlighted the many free resources available through EducationUSA and congratulated all the LPDP awardees at a “Study in the US” event ...
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Preservation Efforts Build Strong Ties, Demonstrate U.S. Commitment to Indonesia

On April 26, Ambassador Blake along with government representatives, city officials, the Cikini hospital, and the Center for Architecture Documentation (PDA) turned over research and documentation, completed this past year, of the Raden Saleh Mansion‎. The research was made possible through a 2015 U.S. Embassy grant for USD 22,224. The ceremony showcased U.S. support for ...
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Protecting IPR through Digital Creativity & Making Movies with Smartphones Workshop

On April 26, Ambassador Blake kicked off a workshop at @america, “Filmmaking Smarthack: Making Online Videos with your Smartphone,” with local partners Layaria and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for approximately 80 young Indonesians in celebration of World Intellectual Property Day.  In his remarks, the Ambassador stressed the importance of protecting intellectual property ...
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Embassy and Consulates Join Together to Promote Girls’ Empowerment, Health, and Leadership

On April 24, nearly 1,000 girls in four cities across Indonesia participated in 5K “fun runs” in a culmination of 6 months of training delivered by  three different implementing partners. Part an effort to increase girls’ participation in sports via the easily accessible sport of running in all four cities, in Surabaya U.S. Consul General ...
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Rescuing Trafficked Fishermen: Discussion with Pulitzer-Prize Winning AP Journalist

Ambassador Blake hosted an April 20 @america event that highlighted last year’s rescue of over 1,500 fishermen trafficked onto foreign fishing vessels and forced to work as slave labor in Indonesian waters.  Associated Press (AP) journalist Margie Mason described the investigation that led her to break the Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Mason explained how she located ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit

SECRETARY KERRY:  Mike, thank you very, very much.  Thanks, more importantly, for your extraordinary leadership over the years.  I think everybody here knows that Mike Bloomberg has been a pioneer on so many different things, critical issues, and concepts – a great business person and entrepreneur of extraordinary capacity.  And he has proven his leadership qualities many ...
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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken Travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Vietnam, and Indonesia

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Tokyo, Seoul, Hanoi, and Jakarta to participate in the third round of U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea (ROK) Deputy-level trilateral consultations and discuss a range of regional and global issues with allies and partners in the region, April 17-22. In Tokyo April 17-19, Deputy Secretary Blinken will meet ...
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United States and Indonesia Explore Initiatives to Increase Trade and Investment

Yogyakarta, Indonesia – The United States and Indonesia met on April 11-12 under their bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) to discuss ways to boost trade and investment between them. These discussions built on exchanges between the United States and Indonesia at the ASEAN Leaders Summit and the ASEAN Economic Ministers Roadshow in February, ...
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Remarks by Assistant Secretary Daniel R. Russel at United States-Indonesia Society Dinner in Honor of Vice President Jusuf Kalla

As Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Ambassador Merrill, for that kind introduction. Mr. Vice President, thank you for joining us this evening. I appreciate the work that the United States-Indonesia Society and everyone here tonight does to maintain and deepen the close relationship between the United States and Indonesia. We need the continued advice, energy ...
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Ambassador Hosts Send-Off for High School Students on Nusantara Inter-Faith Program

On the morning of April 6, Ambassador Blake hosted a group of high school students from Insan Cendekia Madani, a boarding school in the Greater Jakarta area.  The ten students and one teacher are headed on a two-month exchange program through Imam Shamsi Ali’s Nusantara Foundation. The foundation’s work seeks to assist with the integration ...
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OPIC and UPC Sign Cooperation Letter for 75 MW Wind Farm in Eastern Indonesia

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) CEO Elizabeth Littlefield and UPC Renewables Chairman Brian Caffyn signed a letter of cooperation for UPC’s Sidrap project at PLN headquarters on April 7, witnessed by Ambassador Blake, PLN CEO Sofyan Basir, and Indonesian government officials from the Ministry of Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources and Investment Coordination Board. UPC ...
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Sustainable Operations, Positive Community Impact: Celebrating the Success of East Bali Cashews

On April 5, Ambassador Blake hosted at @america an event to honor East Bali Cashews as the recipient of the 2015 Secretary’s Award for Corporate Excellence in the category of Small and Medium enterprises.   East Bali Cashews was founded by American social entrepreneur Aaron Fishman in 2012 and now employees about 350 villagers in ...
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U.S. Congressional Delegation Meets Indonesian Cabinet Officials, Urges Stronger Economic Ties

Jakarta – A U.S. Congressional delegation arrived in Indonesia on March 26 and held substantive meetings with senior Indonesian government and legislative leaders on March 28-29.  The U.S. delegation–Representative Matt Salmon from Arizona along with Representative Cynthia Lummis from Wyoming—held discussions on TPP, regional security, counterterrorism cooperation, and other priorities. The delegation met with high-level ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at the International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony

SECRETARY KERRY:  Good morning, everybody, and welcome.  And Cathy, thank you so much for the spectacular job that you are doing.  I can’t think of anybody better suited to work on the State Department’s top priorities, and Cathy is really offering extraordinary leadership, encouraging every embassy, every consulate, every bureau, every Foreign Service and civil ...
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The United States Condemns the Terrorist Attacks in Brussels, Belgium

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC Today’s abhorrent attacks in Brussels are an assault against the Belgian people and the very heart of Europe. Our thoughts are with all those in Brussels, including the injured and the loved ones of those who were killed, and with the first responders and security personnel who are ...
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Preview of the 2016 U.S.-ASEAN Summit in Sunnylands

Daniel R. Russel Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Washington, DC 2:30 P.M. EDT THE WASHINGTON FOREIGN PRESS CENTER, WASHINGTON, D.C. MODERATOR: Okay, good afternoon and welcome back to the Foreign Press Center. Very pleased today to host a preview of the U.S.-ASEAN Summit coming up, and I’m very pleased to introduce our two ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry on the Syria Negotiations

John Kerry Secretary of State State Department Washington, DC SECRETARY KERRY: For almost five years, the world has watched in horror as Syria has disintegrated into a brutal conflict, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions both within and outside the country. Syria today is an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe, unmatched since World War II. In recent ...
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Journalism Workshop in Ambon: Promoting Understanding of Gender Issues Through the Media

From January 25-26, 14 journalists and six activists from Ambon participated in the U.S. Embassy-sponsored “Journalist Empowerment Workshop: Gender Issues in Eastern Indonesia”.  Participants further developed their understanding of gender issues, received instruction on how to report and write more comparative and constructive articles about gender-sensitive issues, and analyzed issues and discussed ways to promote ...
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Finalists for the 2015 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs is pleased to announce ten finalists for the 2015 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). The Secretary of State has awarded the ACE each year since 1999, in order to recognize American companies that are leaders in responsible business conduct worldwide. Each ...
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Raising Awareness of the Shared Challenge of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

On January 27, Ambassador Blake hosted an event at @america to showcase efforts to combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, highlighting U.S.-Indonesia cooperation on this important shared challenge.  Achmad Santosa, the Head of the IUU Task Force, delivered a presentation outlining the Indonesian Government’s efforts to confront this issue.  Shinto Nugroho from Google Indonesia ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Terrorist Attack in Jakarta (01/15/16)

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack today in Jakarta, Indonesia that killed and wounded several–including law enforcement officers.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims of this heinous attack. The United States is strongly committed to our strategic partnership with Indonesia and will stand ...
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U.S.-Indonesia Deaf Youth Leadership Exchange Participants Come to Jakarta

Over tea at the Ambassador’s Residence on January 4, Deputy Chief of Mission Brian McFeeters welcomed 10 young deaf Americans and their eight Indonesian counterparts participating in the first deaf exchange conducted by Embassy Jakarta.  The Deputy Chief of Mission acknowledged that these 10 prominent and successful Americans, including a lawyer, a doctor, a professional ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the U.S.- ASEAN Summit

As the President announced in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last month, he will host leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations next year. The summit will take place at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California on February 15-16, 2016.  This unprecedented gathering – the first hosted by the United States with the ASEAN leaders — builds on ...
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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 ...
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Caribou Coffee Opens 1st Store in Indonesia

On the afternoon of December 8th, U.S. Ambassador Blake attended the Grand Opening of Caribou Coffee’s first store in Indonesia and in Southeast Asia. Ambassador Blake delivered opening remarks and, together with Caribou CEO Mike Tatterfield and Mahadya Group COO Mehdi Zaidi, cut the ribbon which launched Caribou’s business in the region. Based in Minnesota ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Talking Education & Trade on Campus in Bandung

On December 3, 2015 Ambassador Blake spoke at the State Islamic University (UIN) of Sunan Gunung Djati in Bandung to 250 students from across disciplines, with the majority from the Faculty of Sharia and Law. His remarks focused on the importance of trade, TPP, studying in the U.S. and concluded by promoting YSEALI. Local media ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Well Beyond Trade

Earlier this year, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said, “The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is as important to me as another aircraft carrier.”  What does an economic agreement have in common with a naval vessel? They are both tools of diplomacy. To our friends in the Asia-Pacific region, a visit by the USS Ronald Reagan is ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin Travels to Indonesia

Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles H. Rivkin will travel to Indonesia November 2-8 to meet with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Indonesian officials and advance Department objectives in entrepreneurship, investment, and innovation. In Jakarta, Indonesia, November 3-5, Assistant Secretary Rivkin will meet with government officials, business leaders, ...
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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 ...
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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews and Indonesian President Joko Widodo Recognize New U.S.-Indonesian Business Deals and Commitments Wort

WASHINGTON – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews and Indonesian President Joko Widodo attended a ceremony today to recognize new business deals and commitments worth more than $20 billion between U.S. and Indonesian companies. A number of these projects will help more people benefit from clean electricity, while others will support transportation infrastructure and ...
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Joint Statement by the United States of America and the Republic of Indonesia

At the invitation of President Barack Obama of the United States of America, His Excellency Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, visited the United States in October 2015. On this occasion, President Barack Obama and President Joko Widodo held a meeting at the White House on October 26, 2015, and adopted this Joint ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Ministers’ Statement

We, the trade ministers of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam, are pleased to announce that we have successfully concluded the Trans-Pacific Partnership. After more than five years of intensive negotiations, we have come to an agreement that will support jobs, drive sustainable growth, foster ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Successful Conclusion of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Negotiations

With today’s successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, the United States and 11 other nations have taken a critical step forward in strengthening our economic ties and deepening our strategic relationships in the Asia-Pacific region. This historic agreement links together countries that represent nearly 40 percent of global GDP.  The TPP will spur economic ...
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Press Statement by Secretary Kerry on On Eid al-Adha

Teresa and I extend our best wishes to Muslims around the world for a blessed Eid al-Adha. We congratulate the nearly three million Muslims – including thousands of Americans – who are performing Hajj this year in fulfillment of one of the fundamental pillars of their faith. Eid al-Adha is a special time when Muslims ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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GLACIER Conference, Anchorage, AK

Remarks by the President at the GLACIER Conference, Anchorage, AK 5:00 P.M. AKDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  (Applause.) It is wonderful to be here in the great state of Alaska.  (Applause.) I want to thank Secretary Kerry and members of my administration for your work here today.  Thank you to the ...
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Ambassador Blake Joins Minister of Education to Solicit Policy Ideas Indonesian Youth

Ambassador Blake and Minister of Education Anies Baswedan opened a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Iintiative (YSEALI) forum on teaching vulnerable youth in unconventional settings on August 12th for an audience of about 75.  These young audience members work in a variety of fields and are dedicated to educating the next generation of Indonesians.  A panel ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Joint Statement by TPP Ministers

Lahaina, Hawaii 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 ...
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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 ...
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President Obama on Iran Nuclear Deal

Statement by President Obama on Iran Nuclear Deal 7:02 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not — a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This deal demonstrates ...
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Ambassador Blake Hosts Women Leading Women Networking Iftaar

A wide range of Embassy contacts from government, the private sector, NGOs, and educational institutions joined the Ambassador for an Iftaar at his residence July 1.   Around 150 mostly female contacts, many who were meeting each other for the first time, found they had similar priorities and were able to draw inspiration from each other’s ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

Climate change poses a threat to every country on Earth, and we all need to do what we can to take advantage of the small window of opportunity we still have to stave off its worst, most disastrous impacts. But even as we take unprecedented steps to mitigate the climate threat, we also have to ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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President Obama’s Proclamation on Earth Day 2015

Forty-five years ago, millions of Americans celebrated the first Earth Day in cities across our Nation. Having borne witness to years of environmental neglect, these ordinary citizens gathered in the streets, in parks, and on college campuses to demand change and commit to leaving a healthier planet for the next generation. Faced with contaminated rivers ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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(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 ...
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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, ...
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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, ...
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(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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: Death of Lee Kuan Yew

When Lee Kuan Yew became its first Prime Minister in 1959, Singapore was a newly independent nation with an uncertain future.  By the time he left office 31 years later, the small island had been transformed into one of the most prosperous and dynamic countries in the world. Lee Kuan Yew exuded wisdom.  The counsel ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day we celebrate the courage and contributions of women and girls around the world. The fundamental truth is that no society can reach its full potential if it leaves 50 percent of its people behind. The State Department highlighted this fact last week when it honored 10 extraordinary leaders with our International ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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@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 ...
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@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 ...
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Closing of the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

Remarks by the President in Closing of the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism South Court Auditorium 4:20 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much. Everybody, please have a seat. Well, thank you, Lisa, for the introduction.  Lisa is an example of the countless dedicated public servants across our government, a number ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Embassy Team Hoopin’ It Up with Mahaka Media

On the afternoon of February 5th,  Ambassador Blake kicked off a friendly basketball match between the employees of the U.S. Embassy and Mahaka media with a short speech and a free throw.  He was joined at the event by Erik Thohir, the owner of Mahaka media and Washington D.C.’s soccer club DC United.  In his ...
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Embassy Team Hoopin’ It Up with Mahaka Media

On the afternoon of February 5th,  Ambassador Blake kicked off a friendly basketball match between the employees of the U.S. Embassy and Mahaka media with a short speech and a free throw.  He was joined at the event by Erik Thohir, the owner of Mahaka media and Washington D.C.’s soccer club DC United.  In his ...
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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 ...
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Foreign Press Center Briefing with Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel R. Russel

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 of State Kerry and we had multiple visits by multiple members of the ...
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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 Washington Foreign Press Center, Washington, D.C.   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 ...
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@america: Live Long and Smarter: Ambassador Blake Promotes Innovative Governance with Smart Cities Event

It was standing room only on January 28 when the Ambassador welcomed over 400 students, officials, and IT professionals to @america for a discussion on smart cities. The Ambassador spoke about urgent challenges facing cities in the United States and Indonesia, and he praised three innovative Indonesian leaders for creating technology-driven solutions to improve the ...
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@america: Live Long and Smarter: Ambassador Blake Promotes Innovative Governance with Smart Cities Event

It was standing room only on January 28 when the Ambassador welcomed over 400 students, officials, and IT professionals to @america for a discussion on smart cities. The Ambassador spoke about urgent challenges facing cities in the United States and Indonesia, and he praised three innovative Indonesian leaders for creating technology-driven solutions to improve the ...
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Finalists for the 2015 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs is pleased to announce ten finalists for the 2015 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). The Secretary of State has awarded the ACE each year since 1999, in order to recognize American companies that are leaders in responsible business conduct worldwide. Each ...
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Raising Awareness of the Shared Challenge of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

On January 27, Ambassador Blake hosted an event at @america to showcase efforts to combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, highlighting U.S.-Indonesia cooperation on this important shared challenge.  Achmad Santosa, the Head of the IUU Task Force, delivered a presentation outlining the Indonesian Government’s efforts to confront this issue.  Shinto Nugroho from Google Indonesia ...
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Remarks by Secretary Kerry at the World Economic Forum

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. Klaus, thank you very, very much for not just a very generous introduction, but thank you for your extraordinary leadership here for so many years. I have enjoyed taking part and coming here for a great one-stop shop, and I thank you for this institution. And before I begin, I want ...
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USS Sampson and USS Fort Worth Detach From AirAsia Search

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) — After contributing more than 650 search hours to the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501, USS Sampson (DDG 102) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) concluded their assistance efforts Jan 15, receiving praise from Indonesian authorities. U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake noted that “the U.S. was extremely proud ...
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USS Sampson and USS Fort Worth Detach From AirAsia Search

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) — After contributing more than 650 search hours to the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501, USS Sampson (DDG 102) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) concluded their assistance efforts Jan 15, receiving praise from Indonesian authorities. U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake noted that “the U.S. was extremely proud ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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#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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Joint Statement Issued by Partners at the Counter-ISIL Coalition Ministerial Meeting

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 3, 2014 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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Fact Sheet: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

Today in Rangoon, Burma, President Obama announced a significant expansion of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) at a town hall with 400 youth from the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). YSEALI is the President’s signature initiative to strengthen leadership development across ASEAN, deepen engagement with young leaders on ...
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Remarks by President Obama at Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall

Yangon University Rangoon, Burma 3:43 P.M. MMT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Hello, everybody! AUDIENCE:  Hi! PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Myanmar Luu Ngae Myar Min Galarbar!  (Applause.)  It’s wonderful to be back in Myanmar.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Have a seat.  Oh, we got some signs — “Reform is fake.”  “Change…” — okay, well, you guys will have a ...
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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 ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President Widodo of Indonesia Before Bilateral Meeting

Beijing, China 11:46 A.M. CST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, it is a pleasure to meet President Widodo.  I want to congratulate him on an inspiring election.  And as many of you know, I have a very close association with Indonesia, having spent a good deal of my childhood there. I think that in watching President Widodo’s ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Asia

The President will travel to China, Burma and Australia from November 10-16. In China from November 10-12, President Obama will attend the APEC Leaders Meeting and APEC CEO Summit. Upon the conclusion of the APEC Leaders Meeting, the President will participate in a state visit with President Xi Jinping of China. In Burma from November ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry on U.S.-China Relations

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Washington, D.C. November 4, 2014 SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, thank you very much, Dean Nasr.  I’ve had the privilege of knowing Vali for a while.  When I was in the Senate, he was a very valuable advisor, and I can remember coming down to the State Department and meeting ...
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Statement by the President on the First-Annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

History shows that a free press remains a critical foundation for prosperous, open, and secure societies, allowing citizens to access information and hold their governments accountable. Indeed, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reiterates the fundamental principle that every person has the right “to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and ...
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President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Joko Widodo, President-elect of the Republic of Indones

President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Jakarta, Indonesia to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Joko Widodo, President-elect of the Republic of Indonesia on October 20, 2014. The Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable Robert O. Blake, ...
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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 ...
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International Day of the Girl, October 11

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Under U.S. Leadership, World Will Defeat ISIS

Op-Ed John Kerry Secretary of State Boston Globe September 26, 2014 The United States has long faced threats from a lethal brand of terrorism that perverts one of world’s great religions. We have been relentless in targeting Al Qaeda and its affiliates, but the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, now poses a ...
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U.S. Priorities in East Asia and the Pacific

Daniel R. Russel Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs New York, NY September 26, 2014 3:00 P.M. EDT NEW YORK FOREIGN PRESS CENTER, 799 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA, 10TH FLOOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY RUSSEL: Hello, everyone. Good afternoon. Thanks for coming here in New York and thanks to our friends at the Foreign Press Center ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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MEDIA NOTE: Signing of Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release September 25, 2014 MEDIA NOTE: 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 ...
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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 ...
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President Obama’s Address to 69th U.N. General Assembly

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 24, 2014 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA IN ADDRESS TO THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY United Nations General Assembly Hall New York City, New York 10:13 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: We come together at a crossroads between ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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@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.  ...
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@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.  ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry International Day of Democracy

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. September 15, 2014 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY International Day of Democracy There are few ideas more powerful – more infused with universal aspiration – than democracy. The desire for democracy is shared by people the world over. The privilege to vote, the freedom to speak ...
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President Obama on Degrading and Destroying ISIL

In this week’s address, President Obama reiterates his comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group ISIL. His plan brings together a campaign of targeted airstrikes, increased support for Iraqi and Kurdish forces already taking on terrorists, assistance from allies and partners, expanded efforts to train and equip the Syrian ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Address to the Nation

September 10, 2014 Washington, D.C. My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Ambassador Blake joined with the NBA’s community outreach initiative, NBA Cares, on Thursday, Sept 4th at the Embassy basketball court, to help promot

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Steven Sotloff

Steven Sotloff Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC September 3, 2014 Yesterday, the world bore witness again to the unfathomable brutality of ISIL terrorist murderers when we saw Steven Sotloff, an American journalist who left home in Florida to tell the story of brave people in the Middle East, taken from us ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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’ ...
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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’ ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Indonesia’s Independence Day

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release August 18, 2014 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 ...
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A Message from President Obama on Indonesia’s Independence Day

Dear Mr. President:   The American people join me in congratulating you and the people of Indonesia on this 69th anniversary of your nation’s independence August 17. The United States values and appreciates its important partnership with Indonesia, the world’s third largest democracy.  Our countries, united by shared values and strategic interests, have deepened ties ...
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