Dr Tvrtko Jakovina: From Sukarno to Joko Widodo
At the lecture “From Sukarno to Joko Widodo”, Dr Tvrtko Jakovina, one of the greatest experts on Indonesia’s contemporary history in the region, will depict the political events in Indonesia: from gaining independence to the dreams about a superpower.
Dr Tvrtko Jakovina will present us the development of the Indonesian Non-Aligned Movement, what was the relationship between Tito and the first Indonesian president, Sukarno, the roles played by the Yugoslav ambassadors Aleš Bebler, Franjo Knebl, and Budimir Lončar, the values and interests on which the collaboration between Yugoslavia and Indonesia were based. He will present his vision of the dramatic changes that took place in the history of Indonesia: the 1965 coup d’etat, which caused one of the largest pogroms of a part of the Indonesian population, Suharto’s leadership of the country from 1967 to the end of the Cold War and the political events during the time of the current president, Joko Widodo.
The lecture is a part of the “Vision 20/20: Community" exhibition and will be in English. Please, follow the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health. Entry free.
Dr Tvrtko Jakovina is tenured professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, where he teaches 20th Century World History; head of the Postgraduate University Studies in Diplomacy, University of Zagreb; guest-lecturer at Istituto per l'Europacentro-orientale e balcanica, University of Bologna and is teaching several courses in different Ph.D. programs at the University of Zagreb. He has given lectures at the University of Split, at the London School of Economics and at different universities in Poland, Finland, Slovakia, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Indonesia, China, USA etc.
From 2010 to 2015, he was a member of the Council for Foreign Policy and International Relations of the Croatian President Ivo Josipović. He is vice-president of the Croatian Fulbright Alumini Association, member of the Board of the Croatian-American Association, Management Board president of the Center for Democracy and Law "Miko Tripalo" and member of several editorial boards. He regularly contributes for daily newspaper Jutarnji list and for weekly Globus. From 2013 to 2016, he was anchor of Croatian Television show "Treća povijest” (Third History).
Jakovina is the author of "Socialism on the American Grain" (Socijalizam na američkoj pšenici, 2002), "The American Communist Ally; Croats, Tito’s Yugoslavia and the United States 1945–1955“ (Američki komunistički saveznik; Hrvati, Titova Jugoslavija i Sjedinjene Američke Države 1945–1955, 2003), “The Third Side of The Cold War” (Treća strana Hladnog rata, 2011), “Croatian Spring – 40 years Later” (Hrvatsko proljeće, četrdeset godina poslije, editor, 2012), “Moments of Catharsis. Breaking Events in XXth Century” (Trenuci katarze. Prijelomni događaji XX stoljeća, 2013) and “25 Years of Croatian Independence – What is Next?” (25 godina hrvatske neovisnosti – kako dalje?, editor, 2017). Jakovina authored many articles dealing with the foreign policy of Tito’s Yugoslavia and Croatian history in 20th century.
Jakovina obtained MA in American Studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and PhD from the University of Zagreb. He also studied at the University of Kansas, USA, and at Boston College. He was visiting researcher at the Georgetown University in Washington.