China’s overlords of secrecy

China’s overlords of secrecy

When problems emerge, the instinct of Chinese leaders is to shut down reporting. Millions of Chinese have since denounced the Beijing government’s response to the coronavirus, which within weeks went...

How Israel’s annexation strategy will prompt a partnership pivot

How Israel’s annexation strategy will prompt a partnership pivot

Smaller nations in the next decade will develop more flexible relationships with world powers as they pursue their national interests and take advantage of changing global geopolitics. Israel will be...

Does Australia trust the ‘strangers’ next door?

Does Australia trust the ‘strangers’ next door?

Australia openly welcomes Indonesian tourists and young Indonesians wanting to live and work there. Well, sort of.

Widodo and Indonesia’s changing political culture

Widodo and Indonesia’s changing political culture

The Indonesian president, a political outsider, is taking the country’s political culture down a new path. But where will it end up?

Kebutuhan dan kecepatan pemulihan ekonomi menghadapi pandemi Covid-19 di Indonesia

Kebutuhan dan kecepatan pemulihan ekonomi menghadapi pandemi Covid-19 di Indonesia

Perppu No.1 Tahun 2020 dan Peraturan Pemerintah (PP) No. 23 merupakan gagasan yang luar biasa dalam upaya memulihkan perekonomian nasional. Namun, tetap ada beberapa isu yang perlu dipertimbangkan.

China’s overlords of secrecy

America 2020: Why Asean matters

Indonesia, the EU and palm oil gold

Is This Our Democracy?

Revving up the e-commerce engine.

Optimasi Penyaluran Bantuan Sosial yang Problematik  di Tengah Pandemi Covid-19

Optimasi Penyaluran Bantuan Sosial yang Problematik di...

Swasta Juga Perlu Diperhatikan

Swasta Juga Perlu Diperhatikan

Not a finite commodity

Not a finite commodity

Public safety versus civil liberties is on display in the United States. Can’t we all get along?

Covid-19 knocks on American hegemony

Covid-19 knocks on American hegemony

The Covid-19 pandemic poses a threat to the United States-led international order. What must the US do to preserve American hegemony...

Creating art – with her feet

Creating art – with her feet

Photos and text by Nico Haryono

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?

SOS: Save our sea

SOS: Save our sea

Photos and text by Agoes Rudianto

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?

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...

Juggling different balls

Juggling different balls

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

History lessons: US-China bilateral relations

History lessons: US-China bilateral relations

America has given China unprecedented support throughout the decades. So why are they such rivals?

An Asian grassroots women’s agenda

An Asian grassroots women’s agenda

Women in the region may face repression, but they won’t be cowed. Some stories from the field.

Thailand: Corruption and terror

Thailand: Corruption and terror

The horrific mass shooting earlier this year wasn’t the mere action of a madman. Issues such as inequality and poverty were triggers....

Democracy, authoritarianism and the virus

Democracy, authoritarianism and the virus

Hijrah: A threat to state unity?

Hijrah: A threat to state unity?

Now even Muslims are coming under pressure to conform with Islamic conservatives wanting to take the country down a disturbing path.

The beginning of America’s Middle East wars

The beginning of America’s Middle East wars

Beirut 1958: How America's Wars in the Middle East Began Bruce Riedel (Brookings Institution Press, 2019, 128 pp)

Boards that govern and lead

Boards that govern and lead

Effective management, cooperation and checks and balances are crucial to ensuring Indonesian state-owned enterprises are successful....

Indonesia and the global Shariah economy

Indonesia and the global Shariah economy

The country has the potential to be a global leader. What’s holding Indonesia back?

COVID-19 threatens Indonesia’s overcrowded prisons

COVID-19 threatens Indonesia’s overcrowded prisons

Release wrongfully detained prisoners, seek alternatives for at-risk detainees

Under the microscope

Under the microscope

Is Indonesia hostile to science?