Indonesia – COI

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Dr Christopher Duncan 


Christopher R. Duncan is a an Associate Professor in the School for Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and in the School for Political and Global Studies at Arizona State University. Duncan is an anthropologist who has done several years of ethnographic research in the eastern Indonesian province of North Maluku looking at a variety of topics, including forced migration. One aspect of his research projects explores communal violence and post-conflict reconciliation in Indonesia, with a focus on North Maluku. Part of this research project has explored the topic of internally displaced persons in Indonesia (North Sulawesi and North Maluku). His other research interests include indigenous rights, religious change, and rural-rural migration.

Dr Vannessa Hearman 


Vannessa Hearman is senior lecturer in History at Curtin University, Western Australia. She is a historian of modern Indonesia and SE Asia. Her research interests are activism, social movements, and human rights issues related to Indonesia and Timor-Leste. 

Professor John Sidel


John Sidel, Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science. His research on Indonesia has focused on the role of religion and politics in Indonesian society; among his publications, Riots, Pogroms, Jihad: Religious Violence in Indonesia (Cornell University Press, 2006) and The Islamist Threat in Southeast Asia: A Reassessment (East-West Center, 2007). More recently, he has concentrated on Indonesia’s Christian minority and the Ahmadiyah community, a minority sect within Islam. He has written reports on Indonesia for the Ford Foundation, Transparency International, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and other international organizations. Professor Sidel has a broad understanding of Indonesian politics and society of obvious relevance to asylum cases. He reads and speaks Bahasa Indonesia, the national language, and is intimately familiar with many aspects of Indonesian society and with the distinctive features of different regions of the country. 

Jacqueline Knörr


Jacqueline Knörr, Head of Research at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Extraordinary Professor at the Martin Luther University in Halle/Saale, Germany. Professor Knörr was brought up in Ghana and Germany and has for many years conducted extensive field research in Sierra Leone and the Upper Guinea Coast of West Africa more generally, as well as in Indonesia. She has worked as a Lecturer, Senior Researcher, University Professor, Scientific Director, and Consultant. She has served as expert witness for 20 years. Her regional expertise covers Insular Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Philippines,  Malaysia) and West Africa (Sierra Leone, Guinea, Gambia, Senegal, Liberia, Nigeria). Her areas of expertise include FGC/M, gender and human rights issues, ethnic and political persecution.

Joshua Kurlantzick


Joshua Kurlantzick is Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he studies Asian politics, rights, and economics. He also has done extensive work on asylum cases for nationals from Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand, China, Indonesia, and other Northeast, Southeast and South Asian nations. His work has included analyses of the political environment, judiciary, and state of political and civil rights in many South, Southeast, and Northeast Asian countries, as well as assessments of criminal syndicates and trafficking in these states. He has worked with more than ten U.K. firms and multiple U.S. firms on nearly thirty asylum cases. He is the author of five books on Southeast Asian politics, institutions, rights, and economics. Kurlantzick also has been a Visiting Scholar in the China program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy, a Columnist for Time, a Special Correspondent for The New Republic, an Asian Correspondent for The Economist, and a Contributing Writer for Mother Jones, among other positions. He has twenty years of experience covering events in Asia, and writing about rights issues in Asia, for a range of periodicals including The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, the London Review of Books, The Washington Monthly, The Washington Quarterly,  and Foreign Policy, among others.

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Cate Buchanan


Cate Buchanan is a peace process specialist with proven subject expertise on armed violence prevention and reduction, gun control, gender inclusion and participation, harm reduction and drug policy, and evidence-based policymaking. With an established interest in public policy, she has a strong skill-set in policy analysis, strategy development, training, and programme implementation. Cate has worked with peace process actors related to conflicts in Abkhazia, Georgia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, South Ossetia, Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste and elsewhere, as well as at the global policy level. Previous roles include Chief Editor of the book “Gun Violence, Disability and Recovery”(2014). Cate worked for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) from 2001 to 2013, firstly managing the Arms Programme, and from 2008 as a consultant and Senior Adviser implementing a portfolio of work incorporating gender into operations and policy and supporting HD’s work in Asia. She has also worked as a consultant to the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery of the UN Development Programme, drafting a module for the UN International Small Arms Control Standards and programme guidance on strengthening national gun laws.