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The Ambassador Visits Yale University

Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

R.M. Marty
M. Natalegawa

On Wednesday, November 19, 2008, the Yale Council on Southeast Asia Studies hosted some distinguished guests: Ambassador, R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa, 2008 Member of the Security Council and Permanent Representative of the Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations, along with Ibu Trie Edi Mulyani, Consul General of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York, and several members of her staff. The event was hosted by the Council on Southeast Asia Studies, the Yale Indonesia Forum, and the Consulate General in New York.

Consul General
Ibu Trei Edi Mulyani
Students and faculty attended, as well as community members from the Greater New Haven area and from nearby Fairfield University. Pak Natalegawa engaged in fruitful discussion with respondent Charles Hill, Yale International Security Studies, Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy, on the topic of "Indonesia in the World Political System."

Lector Idriyo Sukmono
Following introductions by Indriyo Sukmono, Senior Lector in the Council on Southeast Asia Studies and coordinator of the Yale Indonesia Forum, and Kevin Fogg, a graduate student in History and moderator of the event, her Excellency Consul General Ibu Trie Edi Mulyani spoke a few words about her home country, Indonesia. Indonesia is currently an elected member on the Security Council of the United Nations, and Pak Natalegawa is the Ambassador representing Indonesia. He focused his talk on the issues

Prof. Charles Hill
currently facing the Security Council and the operations within it. His lecture gave some insight into the nature of the Indonesian people, and the importance of celebrating ‘Unity in Diversity,’ the national motto of the country. Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, with over 17,528 islands, and different cultures and ethnicities speaking over 300 different languages. This year, 2008, is the 80th anniversary of the Indonesian Youth Pledge, which declared the unifying language of Bahasa Indonesia for the nation.

Kevin Fogg


After the lecture and discussion, there was an opportunity for members of the audience to ask some questions. The lively discussion continued as the speakers and audience moved upstairs to the Common Room in Luce Hall, to enjoy a Reception hosted jointly by the Council on Southeast Asia Studies and the Indonesian Consulate. Everyone enjoyed the delicious Indonesian fare brought by the Consulate staff from New York. Many people took the opportunity to personally introduce themselves to the Ambassador, the Consul General, and the others of the Consulate staff. Ambassador Natalegawa, Consul General Mulyani, and the staff of the Consulate were very gracious and generous with their time, staying until well after the lecture in order to visit and spend time with the audience. Consul General Mulyani and her staff also received a gift presentation from the International Silat Federation of America at Yale, a series of matted photo layouts from Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia. The artwork was presented complements of Bapak Waleed, and showed images both from throughout the region of West Sumatra and from the Pekan Budaya Cultural Festival which the city of Padang hosted for the entire region during the summer of 2008.

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November 24th, 2008 by Staff

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