America 2020: Why Asean matters

America 2020: Why Asean matters

The Southeast Asia regional grouping is vital to America’s trade and security. It’s time to take further steps to ensure this partnership no matter who is in the White House in 2021.

The shift of humanity in the era of digital transformation

The shift of humanity in the era of digital transformation

The digital revolution is transforming everything in our world. But is it changing us as well?

Stunting 101: Indonesia’s least-known health catastrophe

Stunting 101: Indonesia’s least-known health catastrophe

For a country bountiful in natural resources and food, Indonesia has a major health crisis. Can it tackle it?

SOS: Save our sea

SOS: Save our sea

Photos and text by Agoes Rudianto

Juggling different balls

Juggling different balls

Indonesia and Europe need to reach an understanding on palm oil and the environment. Can they do it?

America 2020: Why Asean matters

Indonesia, the EU and palm oil gold

Is This Our Democracy?

Revving up the e-commerce engine.

Jokowi vs Prabowo: The Rematch

Casting a wider net

Casting a wider net

Strengthening the integrated fishing vessels fleet in Natuna and the South China Sea

Climate catch-22

Climate catch-22

The geopolitical cost of Australia’s wildfires

‘Naturalizing’ Indonesian formal education

‘Naturalizing’ Indonesian formal education

The new education minister is bringing much needed change to the way we educate our children

China’s progress towards an assassin’s mace

China’s progress towards an assassin’s mace

Electromagnetic weapon systems a ‘game changer’ for Beijing’s ambitions

Risky business: Fruits and vegetables in Tanzania

Risky business: Fruits and vegetables in Tanzania

The country is facing major nutrition challenges. Can what grows on the trees and in the soil be the answer?

The dragon’s cuddle

The dragon’s cuddle

China’s security power projection into Central Asia provides a blueprint for how it might engage with Belt and Road Initiative countries...

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...

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...

Do Indonesians trust their police?

Do Indonesians trust their police?

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

‘That’s why we like proper governance’

‘That’s why we like proper governance’

From his early days as rector of Paramadina University to his stint as minister of education under President Joko Widodo until 2016,...

A history maker for all his flaws

A history maker for all his flaws

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by Chandran Nair (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2018, 288 pp)

The real legacy of a terrorist

The real legacy of a terrorist

The legacy that ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, eliminated by US special forces in a raid last October at his hideout...

Steering toward strategic sustainability

Steering toward strategic sustainability

How do you do business but remain ethical and responsible? It starts in the boardroom.

The future of Asean

The future of Asean

David L Carden is a pioneer. He was the first-ever American ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). Appointed...

Public participation, deliberative democracy – online

Public participation, deliberative democracy – online

What’s the best way to affirm people’s rights? At the local level while using technology.

New Kapolri? Challenge accepted

New Kapolri? Challenge accepted

The Indonesian National Police need to modernize and change. Can they do it with a new leader?

Economic democracy and spirit of ‘gotong royong’

Economic democracy and spirit of ‘gotong royong’

Globalization, market forces and individual greed leave marginalized communities on the brink. The solution for Indonesia? Mutual...

Lost in translation: Imported rectors

Lost in translation: Imported rectors

The administration’s recent initiative to recruit foreigners as heads of universities unrealistically places too large a burden on...

Back to school

Back to school

Can a dotcom driver turn Indonesian education around?

Strengthening sea-based nuclear deterrence

Strengthening sea-based nuclear deterrence

North Korea moving toward assured second strike capability