Randy Nandyatama

Randy Wirasta Nandyatama is a lecturer in the Department of International Relations, Gadjah Mada University (UGM). From 2013 to early 2015 he was director of the ASEAN Studies Centre at UGM. He is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Social and Political Sciences in the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne. His research focuses on the role of Indonesian civil society organisations in the institutionalisation of human rights in ASEAN.

President Joko Widodo’s apparent lack of interest in ASEAN is a result of his short-term and pragmatic approach to policy making, writes Randy Nandyatama. Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials have an important role to play in explaining ASEAN’s relevance and its connection to his political agenda.