Point Of View

Follow the Digital Silk Road

Follow the Digital Silk Road

China’s tech prowess offers business opportunities – but also security concerns – for Southeast Asian nations. So how will the United...

Tariffs: Is Asia’s energy future clean?

Tariffs: Is Asia’s energy future clean?

The region’s midterm hopes could come down to American obstinance under the current US administration and China’s willingness to jump...

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...

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....

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,...

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...

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.

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...