Patron: Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Indonesia’s future- fragmentation, implosion or status quo?

Guest Speaker: Andrew Renton-Green
School of Politics, Victoria University of Wellington

Event Date: Tuesday 21st August 2001
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartlett & Co
Level 24, Mobil on the Park, 157 Lambton Quay, Wellington, 6011.

Please note no building access after 6pm.

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Andrew Renton-Green joined the NZ Army from the UK in 1975 and after completing of a wide variety of intelligence and security related appointments in Australia and New Zealand, including Commanding Officer New Zealand Army Intelligence Centre and Security School, Deputy Director of Defence Intelligence, he graduated from the Indonesian Army Command and Staff College (SESKOAD) and Joint Services Staff College (SESKOABRI) in 1989. He assumed the appointment of New Zealand Defence Attaché to Indonesia and the Philippines, based in Jakarta. For his services to New Zealand-Indonesia relations he was awarded the Bintang Udha Dharma Naraya (Indonesian Military Medal of Honour). He retired from the New Zealand Army in the rank of Colonel 1993.

He was appointed to the position of Director and Divisional Manager of the Policy and Planning Division in the Ministry of Defence in January 1995 with responsibility for day-to-day management of policy for the division, and for external relations management. During this period he successfully formulated, negotiated and implemented two treaty status bilateral Defence Co-operation Agreements with Southeast Asian governments. He represented New Zealand as senior defence member of the New Zealand delegation at international security and preventive diplomacy conferences, including all the ARF Confidence Building Measures and Preventive Diplomacy conferences, FPDA, CSCAP, ASEAN ISIS.

Educated in the UK and at the Australian National University, the University of New England, from which he holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Defence Studies, a NZ Diploma in Military Studies, and at Victoria University, Wellington where he gained a Masters Degree (Hons) in International Relations. Presently he is a lecturer/tutor the School of Politics at Victoria University in “Conflict Analysis”, and “Political theory” and also lectures on “Religion Peace and Conflict, and Terrorism” for the School of Religious Studies. He is a Doctoral candidate jointly in the School of Politics and International Relations and School of Religious Studies at Victoria University, his area of research being the influence of Islamic political groups on Indonesia’s domestic and foreign policy process and implementation.

He is a past Research Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Studies (NZ), an Associate of the Asian Studies Institute at Victoria University, has lectured at the Asia Institute, University of Auckland, and in Asia-Pacific Defence and Strategic Studies at the New Zealand Military Studies Institute. He is a Senior Associate with Change Training, Wellington for which he lectures on policy management, and NZ government process. In addition to contributing articles to a number of professional publications, in 1991 he published an Indonesian-English Dictionary of Military Terms, contributed to Ingo Wendt’s book Indonesisches-Militarisches Worterbuch, and in 1996 published a research paper, “To what Extent is Islam an Influence on the formulation and conduct of Indonesia’s International Relations Policy?” He contributed a chapter to “Political Transition Beyond Soeharto” published by the Asia Institute at Auckland University in 1999, a follow-up to “Civil or Military Rule in post-Soeharto Indonesia?” published by the Centre for Strategic Studies. His latest publication is a chapter for a book on Asia Pacific security.

In late June he was invited by the University of Indonesia to present a paper on the former President Wahid’s proposal for a “West Pacific Forum”.

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