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Robin Bush

Robin Bush

Former Senior Advisor, Singapore

Expertise: Islam and Development; Islam in Indonesia; Politics in Indonesia; Islam and democracy; and Islam and women.

Dr. Robin Bush is a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore (NUS). Her primary research efforts involve conceptual design and development of the cluster’s Religion and Development in Asia research program. Prior to joining ARI in December of 2011, Dr. Bush served as Country Representative, and prior to that Deputy Country Representative, for The Asia Foundation in Indonesia, where she developed and led a wide range of governance-related programming, including projects on rule of law, economic growth, human rights, and electoral reform.

Her responsibilities included donor relations, program development, fundraising, and strategic leadership of the Foundation’s work in Indonesia. Prior to her management role with the Foundation, she was Director of Islam and Development programs for The Asia Foundation in Indonesia for six years, designing and running poverty alleviation, human rights, and democracy-related programs in partnership with Muslim NGOs in Indonesia. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington, and she is the author of Nahdlatul Ulama and the Struggle for Power in Islam and Politics in Indonesia, as well as numerous other articles on Islam in Indonesia.­

Education: Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington and an MA in International Studies from Ohio University.

Islam, Elections and Politics in Indonesia

Regional Sharia Regulations in Indonesia: Anomaly or Symptom

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