Indonesia 360

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...

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 new business norm

The new business norm

Business is business – and it’s a global force. Now people around the world, including in Indonesia, are making it a force for good.

The radicalization of students and how to deal with them

The radicalization of students and how to deal with them...

Studies suggest that the emergence of radicalism at Indonesian universities represents little more than a search for identity typical...

Affirmative action in microcredit

Affirmative action in microcredit

How best to ensure access to microcredit for minorities and the poor? An Indonesian dilemma.

Wanted: Smart grads with dirty hands

Wanted: Smart grads with dirty hands

Vocational education has been touted as a way to push Indonesia up the skills chain and provide jobs. But it’s not working out that...

Is Indonesia serious about corporate governance?

Is Indonesia serious about corporate governance?

The country’s business sector needs an institutional-actor interpretation for more equal shareholders’ rights, a strategy that is...

Indonesia: Genetic diversity 101

Indonesia: Genetic diversity 101

The country has the opportunity to cash in on its unique biodiversity – not to mention save itself and perhaps the entire planet

Border Five-O: Protecting Indonesia’s territory

Border Five-O: Protecting Indonesia’s territory

Catching bad guys may be sexy, but Indonesia’s border police need infrastructure, equipment and training to fight transnational crime.

Ancient scourge exposes Indonesia’s health care flaws

Ancient scourge exposes Indonesia’s health care flaws

The government is rushing to have tens of millions of children vaccinated against diphtheria – in many cases again – following a deadly...

Education: Is it too late for change?

Education: Is it too late for change?

Indonesia is mandated to spend 20 percent of its state budget on education. So why is it lagging behind its neighbors?

A ray of hope for Indonesia’s traditional religious beliefs

A ray of hope for Indonesia’s traditional religious beliefs

Last year, a historic Constitutional Court ruling recognized kepercayaan – the centuries-old indigenous belief systems. Whether the...

In our human qualities, we shall believe

In our human qualities, we shall believe

Indonesians have a unique ability and belief in putting the common good over individual interests. This is a trait we should cherish...

What’s holding Indonesians back? Themselves

What’s holding Indonesians back? Themselves

We have a lot to share and give to the world, if we can only move beyond ourselves.

Halal and the economy

Halal and the economy

This year should see Indonesia enact a dramatic new law on halal products, making it the world’s largest halal market. But what are...

China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative: The Indonesian stop

China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative: The Indonesian stop

China is securing its long-term interests in Asia. Indonesia plays an important role in this scheme, but how will it – and the United...

Breaking the female glass ceiling

Breaking the female glass ceiling

Can information technology help Indonesian women bust through barriers? A growing organization adamantly says “Yes We Can.”

Hijrah – between radical and moderate Islam

Hijrah – between radical and moderate Islam

A new religious movement is taking Indonesia by storm – via the Internet. But what are the motives of the clerics who lead it?

Indonesia's media and South China Sea

Indonesia's media and South China Sea

The country’s media is shifting its coverage of this intractable dispute. It’s not good news for Beijing.

Child marriage and the perpetuation of poverty

Child marriage and the perpetuation of poverty

Parents marrying off their teenage daughters may appear to be a good economic move for poor families. It’s not –it only perpetuates...

Guidelines to ‘living less dangerously’ in Indonesia

Guidelines to ‘living less dangerously’ in Indonesia

Indonesia can be a minefield for foreign investors. But proper corporate governance and firm adherence to boardroom ethics can go...

Enjoining right, forbidding wrong: The MUI and Indonesian Islam

Enjoining right, forbidding wrong: The MUI and Indonesian...

The country’s ulema council seems to have become a power unto itself, beyond Indonesia’s secular Constitution. Is it time to reel...

Reforming terrorists: Indonesia’s deradicalization program

Reforming terrorists: Indonesia’s deradicalization program

Recent attacks show that recidivism remains persistent. So how does the government up its game?

Indonesia and the sea

Indonesia and the sea

The vision of a global maritime nexus is there. But so are domestic and international challenges that could leave Indonesia’s dream...

Jakarta’s gubernatorial election: A sign of the times

Jakarta’s gubernatorial election: A sign of the times

The Indonesian capital’s recent election was hard fought and polarizing. But its peaceful conclusion demonstrates again that Indonesia’s...