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McDonald’s BTS Meal Signals US and South Korean Soft Power

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By Alfin Zulfikar Rizky  “Yeah, we're here for the BTS Meal.” – RM, a member of BTS Who does not know the boy band from South Korea called Bangtan...

Can Indonesian Cuisine Spice Up the World? Yes, If It Gets...

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By Ignatius Puguh Priambodo One late night in Antwerp, Belgium recently Maryna Mai worked in her kitchen until morning. She had just come home from...

Climate Change: Will Indonesia Be Just a Bystander or a Leader?

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By Dino Patti Djalal In the midst of the Covid-19 storm that continues to engulf the world, we must be careful not to lose sight...

Indonesia Faces a Huawei Quandary As US-China Rivalry Keeps Simmering

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By Muhammad Jasuma Fadholi The dynamics of the relationship between the two world powers, the United States and China, in the months ahead will be...

Is Indonesia, like the US and China, Imbued with Exceptionalism?

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By Alfin Zulfikar Rizky “Exceptionalism” has been a frequently recurring word in the realm of international politics for a long time. In its most familiar...

The Anomalies of the Airframe Manufacturing Industry

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Boeing took a lot of shortcuts to get its B737 Max certified in record time. The FAA allowed Boeing to hire its own engineers...

Is Palestine Not Indonesia’s Business? It Depends on Jokowi’s Kind of...

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Former Head of BIN, Hendropriyono, said that Palestine is not Indonesia's business. But, it all depends on Jokowi's kind of realism.

Garuda Indonesia, Erick and Suharto’s Legacy

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Garuda Indonesia is on the brink of collapse. Although many blame Erick Thohir, its legacy goes back to then Suharto's rule.

Could Puan be Indonesia’s Second Female President?

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By Harishmawan Heryadi Although it is relatively early, it seems that many people have started thinking about the presidential candidate market for the 2024 presidential...

Anomalous Reduction of Pinangki’s Prison Sentence Stirs Controversy

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By Ranessa Nainggolan The decision by a panel of High Court judges to reduce the sentence of former prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari has given rise to...

COVID-19: Freedoms under Assault

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I read an article printed in the Jakarta Post: "Politics of pandemics. How online ‘buzzers’ infect Indonesia’s democracy, jeopardize its citizens". The article basically takes the...

Will Indonesia Ever Have a Late Show Host Like Jimmy Kimmel...

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Indonesians are timid about making political jokes. Will Indonesia ever have a late show host like Jimmy Kimmel or Stephen Colbert in the US?

In Governance the “Noble Lie” May Help Preserve Social Harmony Among...

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By Musfi Romdoni "The truth sounds good in theory, especially if it's truth with which we agree or that positions us in a favorable light. It's...

Big Questions in Australia-Indonesia Relations

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The Australian-Indonesian free trade agreement is set to be big business. With a finalised report not expected until October at the latest, the details...

Why Indonesia is so bad at lawmaking

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(Originally published in The Economist) To mark the start of Ramadan, Sharp Indonesia, an offshoot of a Japanese electronics giant, hosted a press conference to...

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Global Recovery from the Pandemic Creates a Surge in Palm Oil...

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By Dupito D. Simamora As the world recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, the palm oil industry, together with other commodity-producing industries, is experiencing a pleasant...