Indonesia: Democratic hopes, institutional woes

Indonesia: Democratic hopes, institutional woes

The recent presidential election sadly turned violent, but Indonesia has a myriad of other problems, showing that its democratic reforms hang in the balance. Can President Joko Widodo lead the country...

Counting the voices

Counting the voices

The recent presidential election sadly turned violent, but Indonesia has a myriad of other problems, showing that its democratic reforms hang in the balance. Can President Joko Widodo lead the country...

Do Indonesians trust their police?

Do Indonesians trust their police?

Proper policing requires sufficient resources and public support. Is Indonesia up to the challenge?

The great skills divide

The great skills divide

There are lessons to be learned from international cases of labor market polarization, and how Indonesia can address its issues in the context of increased adoption of technology.

The dark side of AI: Biases and a new geopolitical battle

The dark side of AI: Biases and a new geopolitical battle

The letters AI (artificial intelligence) strike fear into the hearts of some with the specter of a robot takeover of jobs, while many others are excited about the possibilities of AI for global business...

Is This Our Democracy?

Revving up the e-commerce engine.

Jokowi vs Prabowo: The Rematch

Cyberthreats: Facing the faceless

An American library in 1965 Indonesia

Farewelling friends, finding allies

Farewelling friends, finding allies

When Hugh White writes, governments read

Learning the wrong lessons?

Learning the wrong lessons?

From university degrees to vocational training: Shifting job market trends in Indonesia

Aruna Integrated Fisheries: Startup for society

Aruna Integrated Fisheries: Startup for society

Cutting out the middleman to unleash Indonesia’s vast maritime potential

Will Russia develop a naval base in Sudan?

Will Russia develop a naval base in Sudan?

As always for Moscow, it’s about strategic positioning and access

Connecting the dots to the dollars

Connecting the dots to the dollars

Australian Aboriginal art is not always what it claims to be – especially if it’s made in Indonesia

China in the Arctic

China in the Arctic

New energy sources and shipping routes have piqued Beijing’s interest

Traveling – in our time

Traveling – in our time

Climate change is a fact, but how can the earth save itself from itself? Try flying less often

Back by (un)popular demand?

Back by (un)popular demand?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party will enter the Sept. 17 election rerun with their legitimacy dented,...

Urban revitalization: From empowerment to sovereignty

Urban revitalization: From empowerment to sovereignty

Indonesia’s slum dwellers have a tough lot in life. But a community in central Java’s mystical city is proving there is a way forward.

The Indo-Pacific: A challenging concept

The Indo-Pacific: A challenging concept

The concept of regionwide Indo-Pacific partnership and friendship looks good on paper. But as they say, the devil’s in the details

The US and Indonesia’s independence: History, legacy and lessons

The US and Indonesia’s independence: History, legacy and...

America had many reasons to continue to support Dutch control of Indonesia after World War II. Yet it ultimately chose to back the...

Extraction and deforestation: It takes two to tango

Extraction and deforestation: It takes two to tango

The Indonesian archipelago hosts much of the globe’s remaining humid tropical forests, and policy research has documented the role...

Time to heal

Time to heal

Indonesia should form a government for the 100 percent; but first concession.

Corridors to Hell

Corridors to Hell

This photo essay first appeared in the January-March 2016 edition of Strategic Review, documenting the 2015 forest fire and haze disaster...

Cold War in the Islamic World

Cold War in the Islamic World

Saudi Arabia and Iran have an entangled history. But both countries’ choice of allies and controversial international and domestic...

A beginner’s guide to the Belt and Road Initiative

A beginner’s guide to the Belt and Road Initiative

Is China trying to take over Asia and beyond, one new highway and railroad at a time? Its neighbors and the United States fear as...

Sleepwalking towards illiteracy

Sleepwalking towards illiteracy

If Prabowo had won, the fear factor would have forced Australians to study about Indonesia.

No votes in knowing the neighbors

No votes in knowing the neighbors

Foreign policy issues avoided during election, trade deal still needs to be ratified

US and Russia toe-to-toe over INF

US and Russia toe-to-toe over INF

Russia’s Novator 9M729 missile and issue of compliance

The art of ‘hydraulic’ diplomacy

The art of ‘hydraulic’ diplomacy

How Indonesia-China cooperation in the energy sector has increased Indonesia’s infrastructure