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COVID-19: Freedoms under Assault

COVID-19: Freedoms under Assault

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...
China’s State Media Outlets: The White House Cracks Down, But How Much of a Threat Are They?

China’s State Media Outlets: The White House Cracks Down, But How Much of a...

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has taken increasingly tough measures against Chinese state media outlets operating in the United States. The White House...
White Men Can't Trump

White Men Can’t Trump

Michael Moore is an American documentarian and author. He had some limited success back in the 80’s and 90’s, and now he’s an odious...
Thailand’s Press Warms to Chinese State Media

Thailand’s Press Warms to Chinese State Media

In a country ruled for much of the 2010s by a repressive military junta, and where information about powerful actors can be dangerous to...
Jokowi’s challenges in continuing developmental state capitalism

Jokowi’s Challenges in Continuing Developmental State Capitalism

Indonesian state-owned enterprises (SOEs) grew rapidly under the first Joko Widodo (Jokowi) government. SOEs’ assets increased from Rp 4,578 trillion (equivalent to 43.3 per...
Rohingya Bangladesh

What Happens if Rohingya Stay in Bangladesh Forever?

Earlier this month, the Myanmar government embarked upon a new plan to begin repatriating Rohingya who had fled Rakhine State after waves of brutal...

Previewing This Weekend’s ASEAN Summit

The summit this weekend of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), held in Bangkok, will probably be less contentious than some...
What Do the Australian Elections Mean for Canberra’s Policies Toward Indonesia and the Rest of Southeast Asia?

What Do the Australian Elections Mean for Canberra’s Policies Toward Indonesia and the Rest...

In elections last month, Australia’s Liberal-National coalition won a surprising victory, defying pollsters who had almost uniformly predicted that the Australian Labor Party would triumph. The...
Indonesia After Jokowi’s Victory

Indonesia After Jokowi’s Victory

With the final results out of the Indonesian presidential elections, incumbent President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, has won a sizable victory over challenger Prabowo...
Indonesia’s Election: What to Expect From Jokowi’s Second Term

Indonesia’s Election: What to Expect From Jokowi’s Second Term

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, appears to have handily won a second term and a parliamentary majority for his coalition in...

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

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...

Thailand’s Election: What to Know

After nearly five years under a junta, Thailand will hold national elections on March 24. They could be a turning point for a country...
U.S.-Indonesia Relations after the Indonesian Elections

U.S.-Indonesia Relations after the Indonesian Elections

The Trump administration has not, to this point, focused significantly on Indonesia. The White House has outlined its strategy for the Asia-Pacific, the “Free...

A Tough Year for Democracy in Southeast Asia

2018 was a brutal year, in many ways, for civil society activists, rights advocates, and democratic politicians throughout Southeast Asia. Cambodia’s government transformed from...
The Impact of the U.S. Midterms Election on U.S.-Indonesia Relations

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

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...