Point Of View

Year 70: The United States and Indonesia

Year 70: The United States and Indonesia

The last several decades of bilateral cooperation have been tremendous for Indonesia’s development. With a few changes, imagine what...

In search of a presidential electoral system

In search of a presidential electoral system

Free and fair elections have brought many good things for Indonesia – if you overlook the tangle of legislative and presidential elections....

Unrepresented, unheard. Is Indonesia an inclusive democracy?

Unrepresented, unheard. Is Indonesia an inclusive democracy?

The country’s diverse religious and ethnic minorities can answer that question: no.

An international wrong

An international wrong

They were poor, underage Indonesian boys working fishing boats. Then they were thrown into Australian prisons alongside violent criminals,...

Enduring threat, global ramifications

Enduring threat, global ramifications

Islamist politics in Indonesia, with its roots in twisted orthodoxy, is a perennial threat to the country. Equally alarming, it is...

Military reform: Is Indonesia’s enemy outside or within?

Military reform: Is Indonesia’s enemy outside or within?

The forgotten hero of Indonesia’s democratic transition? Military reform

The forgotten hero of Indonesia’s democratic transition?...

The country’s move toward democracy was steered by civilian politicians, but its success hinged on what the Armed Forces did – and...

Korea, America and the future of Asia trade strategy

Korea, America and the future of Asia trade strategy

Free trade agreements benefit the United States, despite with Donald J Trump says. Reneging on one with a staunch ally does not inspire...

The energy paradox: Cheap versus clean

The energy paradox: Cheap versus clean

Relying on coal will eventually be a dead end for Indonesia. Can we turn a paradox into a miracle?

When facts and faith are intertwined

When facts and faith are intertwined

Views are a dime a dozen in Indonesia. It depends on the source, and that is a dangerous thing.