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...

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...

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...

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...
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...
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...

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...

No Digital ID

I awoke this morning at 6am to a slew of messages.  One was from my good friend in the USA, prominent political commentator, Wayne...
Big Questions in Australia-Indonesia Relations

Big Questions in Australia-Indonesia Relations

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...

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...
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...

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 “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...

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...

The Red Wave

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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