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

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

Could seaweed solve Indonesia’s plastic crisis?

(Originally published in The Guardian) Indonesia produces more marine plastic pollution than any other country except China. It is the world’s biggest archipelago also its...

Democratic Transitions and the Might of the State

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

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

Indonesia local elections sound warning for Widodo

(Originally published in Nikkei Asian Review) Unofficial results from Indonesia’s regional elections hint at declining support for President Joko Widodo, raising the prospect that he...

Crowdsourcing Terror in Indonesia

(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...

Why Indonesia is so bad at lawmaking

(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...

Will Indonesia bring Rohingya to Security Council?

(Original piece published in Jakarta Post) Observers and critics are hoping for Indonesia to maximize its position as a non-permanent member of the UN Security...

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

(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...
Tracking Jokowi's promises

Economic Pledges and Performance: Tracking Jokowi’s promises

I have the firmest convictions that that confidence cannot be secured by any other course than that of a frank and explicit declaration of...

Indonesia’s “Third Generation” Terrorists: Jamaah Ansharut Daulah Networks and Mindanao

As Indonesia continues introspection on the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) bombings in Surabaya, it must not lose sight of the regional context in which...
Indo-Pacific dream

Indonesia assumes leadership in the pursuit of the Indo-Pacific dream

When a person having a meal bites off more than he can chew and swallows it, the upshot can be a bad case of...
Generations of future Malaysians

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...
Vanuatu’s debt

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,...