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Addressing the Effect of Covid-19 on Democracy In South and Southeast Asia Part 2

Addressing the Effect of Covid-19 on Democracy In South and Southeast Asia (Part 2)

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“People are fearful of the virus and, sometimes desiring strong containment measures, are inclined to initially rally around their leaders…” By Joshua Kurlantzick Although South and...
medan wise

Medan Wise

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English Premier League soccer legend Dennis Wise visited Medan recently and I was fortunate enough to host him during his stay. For those of you...
The Two-state Solution to the Conflict Between Israel and Palestine Is Dead

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

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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...
What Happens if Rohingya Stay in Bangladesh Forever

What Happens if Rohingya Stay in Bangladesh Forever?

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Earlier this month, the Myanmar government embarked upon a new plan to begin repatriating Rohingya who had fled Rakhine State after waves of brutal...
The China-India Border Dispute Can Give ASEAN Leverage In the South China Sea

The China-India Border Dispute Can Give ASEAN Leverage In the South China Sea

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By Zikri Basir China is going through a tricky and challenging period. Last year China was already in the midst of what observers regard as...
Democracy Is Rule by Majority Otherwise Inequality Prevails

Democracy Is Rule by Majority Otherwise Inequality Prevails

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By Zakiah Nuril Zafirah In the United States presidential election of 2020, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. came out as winner, having gained some 81.2 million...
How Much Is the Dollar Value of a Human Life

How Much Is the Dollar Value of a Human Life?

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346 people died in two Boeing 737 Max plane crashes, one in Ethiopia and the other in Indonesia. Their families got a total of...
The Way Forward Steps Necessary to Preserve Democratic Norms Institutions

The Way Forward: Steps Necessary to Preserve Democratic Norms, Institutions

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Defenders of democracy should work to ensure that elections are not delayed or canceled and that elections planned in 2021 in Malaysia should be...
Young People Everywhere Need to Know Trumpism is the Antithesis of Leadership

Young People Everywhere Need to Know Trumpism is the Antithesis of Leadership

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By Fred Utanes  I would like to voice my condemnation of the worst ideology that the world has known, which emerged more than five years...
Presiden Joko Widodo menyampaikan pidatonya dalam pembukaan Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) IX di Nusa Dua, Kamis (8/12).

The State of Global Democracy Today is Even Worse Than It Looks

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It has become accepted, among most experts on democracy, and among policymakers, that democracy worldwide is in increasing peril. This year’s Freedom in the...
Jokowi Administration Designates Papuan Group a Terrorist Organization

Jokowi Administration Designates Papuan Group a Terrorist Organization

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Jokowi administration designates the West Papua Liberation group as a terrorist organization. Is there any strategic reason behind it?
Indonesia Is Not India but the Virus Sees No Difference between the Two

Indonesia Is Not India but the Virus Sees No Difference between the Two

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By Ranessa Nainggolan The Covid-19 global pandemic has been with us for more than a year. Now the mutated version of the Coronavirus has spread in...
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Australia, China, Vanuatu and an “Elephant in the Room”

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

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...
A Day in the Life of an Ordinary Indonesian Diplomat

A Day in the Life of an Ordinary Indonesian Diplomat

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By Ricky Ihsan As a diplomat, I am in many ways no different from other civil servants. Because I am a Muslim, I wake up...

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The Myanmar Coup Is a Naked Grab For Power, but the...

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By Rizal G. Buendia Similar to practically all Southeast Asian countries, Myanmar (also known as Burma) experienced decades of authoritarian or semi-authoritarian rule as well...