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he Impact of the U.S. Midterms Election on U.S.-Indonesia Relations

he Impact of the U.S. Midterms Election on U.S.-Indonesia Relations

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In the U.S. midterm elections this week, Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, the U.S. lower house of Congress, for the first...
The Red Wave

The Red Wave

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The upcoming US Midterms on 6th November 2018 are the most important and critical in living memory. At first glance what is at stake...
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US Vice President trip to Asia explained

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In November, Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Asia, in the place of President Trump, for the East Asia Summit and ASEAN summit...
Big Questions in Australia-Indonesia Relations

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...
Improving US-Indonesia Relations

Improving US-Indonesia Relations

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The Donald J. Trump administration has pursued a foreign policy toward Southeast Asia that has simultaneously courted and alienated countries in the region. The...
Najib, Malaysia’s Next Steps in Fighting Corruption, and Lessons for Indonesia

Najib, Malaysia’s Next Steps in Fighting Corruption, and Lessons for Indonesia

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Last week, the Malaysian government arrested former prime minister Najib Tun Razak on charges of corruption and criminal breaches of trust, in allegations related...
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Democratic Transitions and the Might of the State

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It has been almost two months since the 14th general elections that saw a change of government in Malaysia. The Pakatan Harapan coalition swept...
Indonesia’s crackdown on LBGT rights is fueling an HIV epidemic, Human Rights group warns

Indonesia’s crackdown on LBGT rights is fueling an HIV epidemic, Human Rights group warns

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(Originally published in Time) A new report by Human Rights Watch has found that persecution against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities in Indonesia - the...
Crowdsourcing Terror In Indonesia

Crowdsourcing Terror in Indonesia

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(Originally published in East Asia Forum) In the wake of high-profile terrorist activities in Indonesia, social media’s role in violent extremism is once again under scrutiny....
Indonesia’s chance to advocate maritime security issues on the security council

Indonesia’s chance to advocate maritime security issues on the security council

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(Original piece published in The Diplomat) Indonesia won its bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) by 144 votes from...
Let’s not lose sight of true victory

Let’s not lose sight of true victory

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The momentous events of 9 May 2018 will be etched in the annals of history as one of those “where were you when it...
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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,...
Are there any ulterior motives behind Syria strikes

Are there any ulterior motives behind Syria Strikes?

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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...
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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...

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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...