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  • Date and time: Wednesday 12 October 2022, 6.15pm to 7.30pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Bowland auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Hosted by the Department of Politics, York Centre for Conflict and Security and the York Indonesian Society

At this critical juncture in global politics, with realignments between the major powers at a time of shared global crises, new spaces are opening for rising powers to play leading roles in security and peace. However, much remains to be understood about the driving interests of the largest states from the global South as they respond to changing security threats and shifting conflicts, about the forces that shape their regional and international responses, and the kinds of roles the new players seek on the global stage.

This lecture provides a unique opportunity to hear from a senior diplomat from Indonesia - the world's 3rd largest democracy, 4th most populous country, and 10th largest economy - now at the helm of the G20. With decades of diplomatic experience at the highest levels of global politics, our guest lecturer promises to open our eyes to some of the challenges and opportunities faced by one of the world's rising powers.

The University of York and Indonesia have a strong history of collaboration across multiple facilities and disciplines. We have a growing Indonesian student population that has expanded since the pandemic, and York is committed to developing the relationship between our two countries. The lecture will give attendees the chance to connect with Indonesia and York's Indonesian Society through art, culture and new insights. 

About the speaker

Dr Desra Percaya is the current Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Kingdom, accredited to Ireland and the International Maritime Organization. Previously, Dr Desra spent three years (2016-2020) as the Director General for Asia Pacific and Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  He was the Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the UN in New York from 2012-2016 and the Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the UN in Geneva from 2009-2011. Dr Desra first joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1986. He was Director for International Security and Disarmament from 2007-2009 and Chief-of-Staff in the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and acted as Spokesperson from 2005-2007. 

Dr Desra Percaya holds a Doctorate Degree from the University of Durham University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Birmingham and a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Airlangga (Indonesia). 


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Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible