Juggling different balls

Juggling different balls

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

‘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, Anies Baswedan has been known for taking a revisionist strategy to...

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?

Indonesia, the EU and palm oil gold

Is This Our Democracy?

Revving up the e-commerce engine.

Jokowi vs Prabowo: The Rematch

Cyberthreats: Facing the faceless

Release the tigers

Release the tigers

Photos and text by Jefri Tarigan

Saudi Arabia, Iran and the ‘killer drones’

Saudi Arabia, Iran and the ‘killer drones’

The attacks on Saudi oil facilities have dramatically raised tensions in an already tense neighborhood. But could it escalate into...

Democracy – can it be improved?

Democracy – can it be improved?

Is the Western model best, or should another approach be taken?

What is happening in Suakin Island?

What is happening in Suakin Island?

Is Turkey ramping up its military foothold in Sudan?

Living more with less?

Living more with less?

by Chandran Nair (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2018, 288 pp)

When populist-nationalists tempt geopolitical fate

When populist-nationalists tempt geopolitical fate

The leaders of the United States, India and Britain have been providing ample evidence as to why the campaign promises and election...

A women’s global strike in 2020

A women’s global strike in 2020

The global women’s rights movement is more than a century old. It’s time to make it bigger and stronger, and more effective.

Lombok: Religion in the public sphere

Lombok: Religion in the public sphere

The island’s Muslims and Balinese Hindus have peacefully coexisted for generations due to their respect for each other’s religious...

The silent voices of women

The silent voices of women

The course of Indonesia’s history has been put on its head by “historians” who serve the military. Women who have been tortured and...

Indonesia, digital literacy and elections

Indonesia, digital literacy and elections

Indonesia’s 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections were influenced by social media. The question is whether that is good or...

Vision 2045: Urban mobility planning in modern Indonesia

Vision 2045: Urban mobility planning in modern Indonesia...

The country’s public transportation – not to mention sidewalks – is not up to snuff. Can five more years of infrastructure development,...

Indonesian radicals: Speak loudly but carry a small stick

Indonesian radicals: Speak loudly but carry a small stick

Hard-liners continue to try to wield power and turn Indonesia into an Islamic state. The recently re-elected president, Joko Widodo,...

Maritime diplomacy – Indonesia style

Maritime diplomacy – Indonesia style

Indonesia is the largest archipelago on the planet. So why do something about its limitless possibilities?

Russia and China: An uneasy embrace

Russia and China: An uneasy embrace

The two great powers have much – and little – in common politically, culturally and, importantly, economically. But with the United...

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...

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