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Hobart Alumnus’ Book on Indonesia Published

A Hobart alumnus co-edits book on the politics, economy, and social stability of Indonesia.

July 18, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.—The book “Indonesia Matters: Diversity, Unity and Stability in Fragile Times,” co-edited by Thang D. Nguyen and Frank-Jürgen Richter, was recently released from Times Editions. Thang is a 1998 graduate of Hobart College.

“Indonesia Matters” addresses Indonesia's recent political directions, economy and social stability. The book contains contributions from various experts and leaders on Indonesia’s political, economic and social changes since the fall of Indonesia's President Suharto, an assessment of its current challenges, and a comprehensive outlook on its future.

Thang D. Nguyen is regional manager for Asia, at the World Economic Forum, responsible for its Indonesian and Southeast Asian affairs. He has lived and studied in Indonesia, speaks Bahasa Indonesia, and contributes frequently to international and major Asian newspapers. He holds a B.A. (with honors) in American studies from Hobart College, and a M.A. in international relations and economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. While at Hobart, he received the Trustees scholarship, was named to dean's list and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Frank-Jürgen Richter is director at the World Economic Forum in charge of its Asian affairs. He lived, studied and worked in Asia for almost a decade, in Tokyo and most recently in Beijing where he developed and managed European Multinationals’ China operations. Richter’s recent books include “Recreating Asia and China: Enabling a New Era of Changes”.

“Indonesia’s financial accidents, political turmoil and future prospects are very important for the rest of the world. Not only because of Indonesia’s large population and strategic importance, but because many important ideas are being tested there. Thang D. Nguyen and Frank-Jürgen Richter have put together an excellent collection of essays that greatly helps our understanding of these issues,” said Moisés Naim, editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy Magazine.