Past eventResearch Event

Indonesia's Corruption Scandal: The Real Story

26 February 2010 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Chatham House, London


Speaker: Yuli Ismartono, Executive Editor, Tempo
Chair: Kirsten Schulze, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House



Two corruption scandals have dogged Indonesia's President Yudhoyono in recent months. First there was the anti-corruption commission saga, which began in November 2009 and saw two officials of the powerful agency detained by the police. Many Indonesians saw the arrests as an attempt to unfairly target one of the few institutions people think of as credible. The other scandal involves Bank Century, a small Indonesian lender that was bailed out by the Indonesian central bank at the height of the financial crisis last year. The speaker will analyze events surrounding both corruption scandals and the implications for the Yudhoyono administration.

Yuli Ismartono is currently executive editor of the English edition of Tempo, concurrently the managing editor of AsiaViews, a monthly regional magazine.

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.