The Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta is an independent, non-profit organization focusing on policy-oriented studies on domestic and international issues.

CSIS’s mission is to contribute to improved policy making through policy-oriented research, dialogue, and public debate. This is based on the belief that long-term planning and vision for Indonesia and the region must be based on an in-depth understanding of economic, political and social issues including regional and international developments. CSIS research and studies are channeled in various forms as independent input to government, universities and research institutions, civil society organizations, media, and business. CSIS undertakes research in economics, politics and social change, and international relations, with topics selected on the basis of their relevance to public policy. Inter-disciplinary studies are encouraged. In the area of foreign policy CSIS’s research is complemented and strengthened by its relations with an extensive network of research, academic, and other organizations worldwide.


Maria Monica Wihardja

Dr. Maria Monica Wihardja received her baccalaureate degree from Brown University in 1999, and earned her Master of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Cambridge in 2000. She completed her PhD degree in Regional Science from Cornell University in 2009, and joined the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Jakarta, in 2010.  Her expertise is regional and global architecture.  From 2009-2010, she served as a rapporteur for the Asia G-20 group to prepare for the 2010 Seoul Summit.  She is currently on leave from CSIS and serves as a full-time consultant for ASEAN and G20 Global Financial Stability Group at Bank Indonesia.