Distungished guest lecturer Ms Sewal from US

Dear colleagues,

You are cordially invited to our press roundtable with U.S. Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Dr. Sara Sewall:

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Bina Nusantara University
Joseph Wibowo Center (JWC) Campus
(Next to Senayan City Mall)
Jl. Hang Lekir I No. 6
Senayan, Jakarta Selatan 12270

Starts at 9:15 a.m.

Gini Adityawati: 0811968527
Aurelia Augustine: 08119417874
Kresna Soegio: 08121072478

Prior to the roundtable, at 8:30 a.m., Dr. Sewall will deliver a speech before the students and faculty members of the university on “The Rule of Law as it is Applicable to the Business Community.”

Dr. Sewall will be in Jakarta, Banda Aceh, and Bali for series of activities, including to attend the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) on December 10.


Dr. Sarah Sewall is a longtime advocate for advancing civilian security and human rights around the world. Dr. Sewall was sworn in as Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights on February 20, 2014. She serves concurrently as the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues. Over the previous decade, Dr. Sewall taught at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she served as Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and directed the Program on National Security and Human Rights. Dr. Sewall has extensive experience partnering with the U.S. armed forces around civilian security. At the Kennedy School, she launched the MARO (Mass Atrocities Response Operations Project) to assist the U.S. military with contingency planning to protect civilians from large-scale violence. She was a member of the Defense Policy Board and served as the Minerva Chair at the Naval War College in 2012. She also led several research studies of U.S. military operations for the Department of Defense and served as the inaugural Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance in the Clinton Administration. Prior joining the executive branch, Dr. Sewall served for six years as the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell and earned a Ph.D at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall to Travel to Indonesia

Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall will travel to Indonesia from December 7-11, 2015.

In Jakarta, Under Secretary Sewall will meet with government counterparts and civil society representatives to discuss shared civilian security priorities, including preventing and countering violent extremism, and advancing accountability, human rights, religious freedom, and maritime security. To mark International Anti-Corruption Day, she will deliver remarks at Bina Nusantara University.

In Banda Aceh, Under Secretary Sewall will participate in the launch of an Education USA center at the UIN Ar-Raniry University, and meet with local government and community leaders to discuss a range of educational, religious and women’s issues.

Under Secretary Sewall will then represent the United States at the Bali Democracy Forum and meet with civil society representatives.

For more information please contact Virginia Blakeman at BlakemanVH@state.gov. Follow the Under Secretary’s travel on Twitter @civsecatstate or visit www.state.gov/j.

Information Office
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Jakarta