ASEAN enters its 50th year in 2017 with much uncertainty. The Association struggles to remain unified in the face of external and internal challenges at a time when key ASEAN powers, most notably Indonesia and the Philippines, are shifting away from its embrace of ASEAN multilateralism. ASEAN’s strength has been reliant on its ability to demonstrate its value as a protector and promoter of prosperity and sovereignty to the region’s political leaders. While speculations that ASEAN may fracture are far-fetched, the Association faces challenges threatening its legitimacy as a regional body that can maintain peace and bring prosperity to its people. With these challenges in mind, what is the best course of action for the Indonesian government to address these challenges and ensure that ASEAN remains a central pillar of Asia’s regional order?
The ANU branch of the Indonesian Students' Association of Australia, in conjunction with the National and ACT branches, is proud to host a public lecture featuring Dr. Marty Natalegawa to discuss Indonesia's role in ASEAN. Dr. Natalegawa served as Foreign Minister of Indonesia from 2009-2014. He has also served as Indonesia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from 2007-2009 and Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland from 2005-2007. In addition, Dr. Natalegawa has also served as Director-General for ASEAN Cooperation in the Department of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia from 2002-2005. Dr. Natalegawa is an alumni of the Australian National University, where he received a Doctor of Philosophy in 1994.