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What Risks and Opportunities Nuclear Technology brings to Southeast Asia

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The international community is looking closely at the use of nuclear technology in Asia. While there are opportunities of the use of nuclear technology for many useful and peaceful purposes, e.g. for cancer treatment, electrification and agriculture sector, there are worries from outside of the region that the possession and interest in nuclear energy might lead to proliferation of nuclear weapons. What are the perspectives of Asian countries, particularly those members of ASEAN, on nuclear technology and how do they respond to the concern raised by the international community, particularly the Nuclear Weapon States (NWS)?       Understanding that nuclear technology touches strategic political, economic and social interests of the people and the importance of discussing the issue in in-depth manner among those who have the capabilities to set communications in constructive ways, Paramadina University decides to invite a group of academics, practitioners, government officials and politicians under CAPDI (Centrist Asia-Pacific Democrats International; a group of politicians and activists advancing the idea of centrism, moderation, peace and reconciliation) to meet with scientists and academics invited by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Paramadina University is also fully aware that the possession of nuclear technology is very critical to advance Indonesia’s welfare, betterment of humanity, as well as its posture.

Paramadina Graduate School of Diplomacy (Universitas Paramadina) and American Academy of Arts and Sciences co-organizes the Public Dialog at Kampus Pascasarjana Universitas Paramadina on Thursday (16 January 2014). It is funded under the Program of Global Nuclear Future Initiative of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, thanks to the support to Carnegie Corporation of New York, the MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. There were 40 experts and practitioners meeting in Bali for 3 days (13-15 January 2014) to discuss under Chattam House Rule to gain deeper understanding on each other’s stand point. 11 countries were represented in the meeting. The public discussion today is to share the outcomes of that meeting.

The peaceful uses of nuclear technology are guaranteed under the regime of NPT (Non Proliferation Treaty). It has three pillars: nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, and peaceful uses of nuclear technology.  Indonesia, for example, has a number of projects to utilize nuclear technology even though much remains to be done and enhanced so that the possession of nuclear technology in Indonesia would be on par with other key countries around the world. The discussion showed that there is a gap of understanding between the Nuclear-Weapon States (NWS) and the Non-Nuclear Weapon States (NNWS) on the emphasis of the right and good balance among the three pillars of the regime. Paramadina University notes that, on one hand, for the overwhelming majority of NNWS the emphasis is more on the importance of nuclear disarmament; but, on the other hand and The NWS gives more emphasis on non-proliferation pillar.

Some concerns of certain quarters that the rise of the use of nuclear energy in the region might impact non-proliferation commitments is a concrete example about such a gap of understanding. The NWWS sees a spectrum of opportunities in using nuclear technology for peaceful uses and urge understanding from the NWS.  NWS agreed on the array of potential peaceful uses of energy sources but urge the NWWS to create common norms or regulations that would prevent nuclear weapon proliferation and promote nuclear disarmament.

Jusuf Kalla, Chairman of CAPDI, said that “developing countries need to learn and assess alternatives to cheap and clean technology for electrification and other humanity purposes. The mandate in Indonesia is to use mix sources of energy. With nuclear technology use for power plant, people need to assess the opportunities as well as risks in balanced and honest manner”.

Dinna Wisnu, co-organizer & Director of Paramadina Graduate School of Diplomacy said that “nuclear technology is part of the future of technology that have many potentials for the betterment of humanity and welfare, so Indonesians and people in the region needs to explore the optimal peaceful use of this technology.  The governance of nuclear technology needs to include the voices and concerns of civil society and people living in the nearby communities”.

Daniel Tumpal Simanjuntak, Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed the importance to see the positions and views of Indonesia on nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy in the democratic setting of today’s Indonesia. For example, a more democratic Indonesia in which the voice of its people would be more heard, would demand the Government of Indonesia to only promote and defend national interest in any nuclear process that will be perceived as fair, giving equal treatment, and non-discriminatory in nature. Such reality will guide Indonesian diplomacy in any negotiations regarding effort to eliminate nuclear weapons, non proliferation, and to maximize the use of nuclear technology and energy.

Ibrahim Bintang, political scientist from Bangka Belitung University, said that “communication with the communities and stakeholders need to be improved in significant ways to avoid misunderstanding on nuclear technology.”

Paramadina Graduate School of Diplomacy is the first and so far the only graduate program of Diplomacy in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Founded in 2009, the school is highly accredited and despite its young age it has gained great reputation status among universities, think-tanks, governments and practitioners across Indonesia, the region and internationally. The school is co-founded by Dr. Anies Baswedan, Dr. Makarim Wibisono and Dr. Dinna Wisnu with the support of numerous scholars who are now faculty members of the school. (MA)

 

HE Sabam Siagian Donate Books for International Relation Program

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His Excellency Sabam Siagian, former Ambassador of Indonesia to Australia expressed his admiration to the commitment of Paramadina Graduate School of Diplomacy in its innovative approaches in studying International Relations. That was one of his reasons to donate nearly 200 books to Paramadina Graduate School of Diplomacy on January 7, 2014. The little ceremony was attended by the President of Paramadina University, Dr. Anies Baswedan and the Leadership of the University

 

Southeast Asia in the global nuclear order: What risks and opportunities does nuclear technology bring to Southeast Asia?

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Invitation to Public Session on

Southeast Asia in the global nuclear order:

What risks and opportunities does nuclear technology bring to Southeast Asia?

15:00 – 16:30 pm

Chair and Moderator: Dr. Dinna Wisnu

Panelists:

- H. Jusuf Kalla, Former Vice President of Republic Indonesia, Chairman of CAPDI (Centrist Asia Pacific Democrats International)

Topic: The role of civil society and local policy-makers in managing the safe diffusion of nuclear energy in the region

- Daniel T. Simanjuntak, Deputy Director WMD and Conventional Weapons, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia

Topic: What challenges and opportunities does nuclear energy bring to Southeast Asia?

- Prof. Scott Sagan, Co-chair, Global Nuclear Future Initiative, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Stanford University

Topic: How countries can cooperate together to mitigate the risks of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism.

16:30 – 17:30 pm

Refreshment is provided

RSVP: Ms.Lina Anggraeni at 0813 or M. Yusuf at 081385846854

 

 

The Seminar of: "Making Entrepreneurship Works: Transforming Idea into Reality"

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We warmly invite you to the upcoming discussion with a theme:

"Making Entrepreneurship Works: Transforming Idea into Reality"

Venue: Toledo & Sevilla rooms, Paramadina Graduate School campus, The Energy building, 22nd floor, SCBD Lot 11 A, Jl. Jend Sudirman 52-53, Jakarta

Time: Oct 28, 2013 at 15:30 - 18:00

Organizer/Host: Paramadina Graduate School of Business, Universitas Paramadina
Speaker: Prof Dr Eduardo Marzan (Vice President, Central Luzon State University, The Philippines)
Discussant: John Riady*, (Berita Satu & Lippo Group)
Moderator: Didik J Rachbini, (Chairman of Paramadina Foundation & Senior Economist of INDEF)
Audience: Around 60, consist of students, lecturers and general public

*) Tentative

Rundown:

15:30 - 16:00 -- Registration and coffee
16:00 - 16:05 -- Opening remark from Dr Handi Risza (Director of Paramadina Graduate School of Business, Paramadina University)
16:05 - 16:45 -- Presentation from Prof Eduardo
16:45 - 17:15 -- Comment and speech from John Riady
17:15 - 18:00 -- Discussion, lead by moderator

For more information, you may contact Mr. Fiqie ( Alamat e-mail ini diproteksi dari spabot, silahkan aktifkan Javascript untuk melihatnya ) or 7918-1188 ext 242 / 0856 9444 6628

We look forward to you joining the discussion.
Warm regards,

Paramadina Graduate School of Business

 

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Penandatanganan MOU Fellowship Paramadina Graduate School in Partnership with Medco

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Paramadina Graduate School in Partnership with Medco mengadakan prosesi penandatanganan MOU fellowship pada hari jum'at, 30 Agustus 2013 di gedung The Energy lantai 22. Selain dihadiri oleh jajaran rektorat dan ketua program studi Paramadina Graduate School, turut hadir ibu Yani Panigoro (baju biru) selaku ketua pembina Medco Foundation yang terus giat berperan sejak terjalinnya kerjasama ini.

 

Universitas Paramadina telah menjalin kerjasama dengan Medco Foundation sejak tahun 2008 untuk Program ini yang sekarang disebut Paramadina Graduate School in Partnership with Medco, dan menjadi salah satu bentuk kontribusi Medco di dunia pendidikan.

 

 
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