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Southeast Asia Would Welcome A Robust US Re-engagement But It Must Be in the Right Way

By Dino Patti Djalal   “America is back,” U.S. President Joe Biden has announced to the world—but in Southeast Asia, the United States is playing catch-up again. And it has much to recover. The last four years witnessed Washington’s dwindling diplomatic and...
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Could Puan be Indonesia’s Second Female President?

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...

Garuda Indonesia, Erick and Suharto’s Legacy

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

The Anniversary of Pancasila, a Piece of History Being Manipulated?

By Ranessa Nainggolan Coinciding on June 1, Indonesia celebrates the birth of Pancasila through a virtual ceremony attended by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi). At this...

Will Indonesia Ever Have a Late Show Host Like Jimmy Kimmel in the US?

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

Doubts Linger on Green Capitalism Strategy of the Jokowi Administration

By Alfin Zulfikar Rizky President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan several times mentioned the green economy...




The Two-state Solution to the Conflict Between Israel and Palestine Is Dead

By Giftson Ramos Daniel The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem has witnessed clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians. The conflict was triggered by a decision by...

Jokowi Administration Designates Papuan Group a Terrorist Organization

Jokowi administration designates the West Papua Liberation group as a terrorist organization. Is there any strategic reason behind it?

Indonesia and the UAE Draw Closer Together. Is There a Strategy to This?

Indonesia, under Jokowi presidency, and the UAE, under the Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed (MBZ), have been drawing closer together.


Southeast Asia Would Welcome A Robust US Re-engagement But It Must Be in the Right Way

By Dino Patti Djalal   “America is back,” U.S. President Joe Biden has announced to the world—but in Southeast Asia, the United States is playing catch-up again....

Ride the Dragon or Fly with the Eagle? This Is the Dilemma Facing Indonesia

By Krisantus Tobias "When I was growing up, my parents told me: 'Finish your dinner. People in China and India are starving.' I tell my daughters:...

Southeast Asia Warms Up to the US Under Biden, with Some Skepticism

Biden administration has gained high expectations among ASEAN countries. However, skepticism might stay as well as China's influence grows.

How the ASEAN Summit on Myanmar Might—or Might Not—Impact the Situation in Myanmar

By Joshua Kurlantzick These past weekends, the ten member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including Myanmar, held an emergency summit to address...

The U.K. Seeks Dialogue Partnership With ASEAN, Pursues Global Agenda

By Noto Suoneto and Frederik Wrist In mid-April 2021, U.K. Foreign Minister Dominic Raab visited Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam in order to forge closer trade and security ties with the...

What is China’s Involvement And Stake in the Myanmar Crisis?

By Harishmawan Heryadi Many have begun to attribute the military coup in Myanmar to the presence of foreign hands. Could that be true?  Many days have...
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Let’s not lose sight of true victory

The momentous events of 9 May 2018 will be etched in the annals of history as one of those “where were you when it...

Indonesia’s fuel price controls: Fueling concerns

One of the Jokowi administration’s major reform policies was the discontinuation of budget transfers to subsidise RON (Research Octane Number) 88 fuel consumption in 2015. Previously,...

Australia, China, Vanuatu and an “Elephant in the Room”

When Dr. Hassan Wirajuda was Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and he was negotiating the Lombok Treaty on security with Australia in 2005,...

Moving beyond GE14: Disruption is what Malaysia needs

As Malaysia inches ever closer to its 14th general elections, many commentators view the emergence of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad...

Are there any ulterior motives behind Syria Strikes?

Apparently President Bashar al-Assad and his minders are very determined to recapture Douma, countryside located at the southwestern of Damascus, the capital. Until last March...

Indonesia’s growing state enterprises: More information needs to be shared with shareholders

Imagine that you have just become a shareholder of Indonesia’s largest company with a 35% ownership stake. From the first day, you are flooded...