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...

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...

Medan Wise

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 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...
China and Coronavirus: From Home-Made Disaster to Global Mega-Opportunity

China and Coronavirus: From Home-Made Disaster to Global Mega-Opportunity

Beijing’s initial response to the outbreak of the coronavirus in China earlier this year was atrocious. First, China botches… The confusion and lack of information led...
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad

Moving beyond GE14: Disruption is what Malaysia needs

As Malaysia inches ever closer to its 14th general elections, many commentators view the emergence of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and Tun Dr....

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...
Enough! Of this Nonsense

Enough! Of this Nonsense

I have been speaking with many friends around Indonesia and asking them how the situation is in their city, their district, in their kampungs. ...

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...

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...
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...
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...

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...
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,...

Berita Terkini

Menko Polhukam Mahfud MD

Mengapa Mahfud Bela Diskusi Pemecatan Presiden?

Secara mengejutkan, Menko Polhukam Mahfud MD justru menjadi salah satu sosok pembela penyelenggaraan diskusi...
Rasisme ala Foucault Floyd dan Papua

Rasisme ala Foucault: Floyd dan Papua

Presiden Republik Indonesia, Joko Widodo.

Terobosan Jokowi, BP Tapera Siap?