US and Russia toe-to-toe over INF

US and Russia toe-to-toe over INF

Russia’s Novator 9M729 missile and issue of compliance

Challenging Duterte

Challenging Duterte

The Philippine president has thrived by cultivating a reputation for running roughshod over the rule of law and declaring war on the...

Bounded engagement

Bounded engagement

There is no viable alternative to Australia engaging with China. Canberra really has no other choice. That said, neither does Beijing.

Rematch: Joko, Prabowo and the democracy experiment

Rematch: Joko, Prabowo and the democracy experiment

The Indonesian president and opposition leader will again vie for the presidency. But five years on, they face a vastly different...

The Syrian crisis and chemical weapons

The Syrian crisis and chemical weapons

Russian veto hampering efforts to rid nation of such weapons

No votes in knowing the neighbors

No votes in knowing the neighbors

Foreign policy issues avoided during election, trade deal still needs to be ratified

Affirmative action in microcredit

Affirmative action in microcredit

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

Hacking and the darker side of social media

Hacking and the darker side of social media

The United States’ 2016 presidential election was hacked. So what makes Indonesia think that it’s ready for April?

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...

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.”

Revving up the e-commerce engine

Revving up the e-commerce engine

As it picks up speed, regulatory changes and improvements are vital to help online commerce do a better job in helping Indonesia’s...

Elections alert: Beware of boats and books

Elections alert: Beware of boats and books

Communists and illegal immigrants stirring up government fears

Going nuclear

Going nuclear

Saudi Arabia is pursuing a nuclear energy program and possibly nuclear weapons as well, with the US, Russia and China hovering as...

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.

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...

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...

Bangladesh’s battle for health care

Bangladesh’s battle for health care

With middle-income status and a growing demographic dividend, the country’s people are demanding more and better medical care. The...

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...

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...

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

Save our fish

Save our fish

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...

Australia: Hedging its bets in Asia

Australia: Hedging its bets in Asia

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have a change in attitude toward Australia, and there has been a return to its...

The SemBaKo of Indonesian village commerce

The SemBaKo of Indonesian village commerce

Patterns in endogenous development are changing in commercial clusters near Klaten, in Central Java Province, with fundamental retail...

Striving to build a better world

Striving to build a better world

Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir By Gareth Evans (Melbourne University Press, 2017, 277 pp) Reviewed by Nayan Chanda

Nukes, missiles and friendship

Nukes, missiles and friendship

Iran and North Korea have for years cooperated in buying, selling and developing weapons systems including missiles. Will new overtures...

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

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

Leadership in a multipolar world

Leadership in a multipolar world

If the United States wants to play a leading role in fashioning the new balance of power, in which China and Russia are both key elements,...

Iran’s options against the US and Israel

Iran’s options against the US and Israel

This essay was published by Stratfor, the US-based global geopolitical intelligence firm, with which Strategic Review has a content-sharing...

Fiddling in the face of floods

Fiddling in the face of floods

Many of Asia’s great cities are coastal, which places them squarely in the path of rising sea levels as global temperatures continue...

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?

An American library in 1965 Indonesia: From enlightenment to torture

An American library in 1965 Indonesia: From enlightenment...

An explosive clash of ideologies sent the country spinning out of control, leading to unprecedented horror and bloodshed. How can...

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...

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 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...

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....

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.

The Trump-Kim showdown

The Trump-Kim showdown

From enemies to friends? The United States and North Korea are on good speaking terms, but will it lead to complete denuclearization?

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?

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,...

It’s a Trump-knock world for us

It’s a Trump-knock world for us

The current United States administration is like nothing that has been seen in recent history. Let’s try to figure it out.

Climate justice: A feminist fossil fuel-free future

Climate justice: A feminist fossil fuel-free future

Equality of women is a key global pursuit. Here’s how the state of the environment can help or hurt that campaign.

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...

The Gulf’s scramble for Africa

The Gulf’s scramble for Africa

Arab Gulf states are intervening more assertively in sub-Saharan Africa to capitalize on economic opportunities and protect their...

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...

Seizing Malaysia’s moment

Seizing Malaysia’s moment

The dramatic change in Malaysian politics gives the country the chance to finally sweep away racial politics and other structural...

The connections are what count

The connections are what count

India, China and the World: A Connected History Reviewed by Nayan Chanda

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...

Indonesia’s quiet success explained

Indonesia’s quiet success explained

Resurgent Indonesia: From Crisis to Confidence By Vasuki Shastry (Straits Times Press, 2018, 194 pp) Reviewed by Salil Tripathi

Sport imitating life

Sport imitating life

The sinking city

The sinking city

Jakarta, the centuries-old Indonesian capital, has one of the world’s highest rates of land subsidence, with some parts of the city...

AI and the return of great-power competition

AI and the return of great-power competition

A trend toward economic nationalism and a growing battle over international standards will balkanize the tech sector as the world’s...

A new and uncomfortable global reality for 2019

A new and uncomfortable global reality for 2019

While the United States will escalate its strategic offensive against China with tariffs, sanctions, regulatory buffers around emerging...

Cyberthreats: Facing the faceless

Cyberthreats: Facing the faceless

Better safe than sorry? Understanding the risk management and governance guidelines to maintain data and network security is more...

US and Russia toe-to-toe over INF

US and Russia toe-to-toe over INF

Russia’s Novator 9M729 missile and issue of compliance

Challenging Duterte

Challenging Duterte

The Philippine president has thrived by cultivating a reputation for running roughshod over the rule of law and declaring war on the...

Bounded engagement

Bounded engagement

There is no viable alternative to Australia engaging with China. Canberra really has no other choice. That said, neither does Beijing.

Rematch: Joko, Prabowo and the democracy experiment

Rematch: Joko, Prabowo and the democracy experiment

The Indonesian president and opposition leader will again vie for the presidency. But five years on, they face a vastly different...

The Syrian crisis and chemical weapons

The Syrian crisis and chemical weapons

Russian veto hampering efforts to rid nation of such weapons

No votes in knowing the neighbors

No votes in knowing the neighbors

Foreign policy issues avoided during election, trade deal still needs to be ratified

Affirmative action in microcredit

Affirmative action in microcredit

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

Hacking and the darker side of social media

Hacking and the darker side of social media

The United States’ 2016 presidential election was hacked. So what makes Indonesia think that it’s ready for April?

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...

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.”

Revving up the e-commerce engine

Revving up the e-commerce engine

As it picks up speed, regulatory changes and improvements are vital to help online commerce do a better job in helping Indonesia’s...

Elections alert: Beware of boats and books

Elections alert: Beware of boats and books

Communists and illegal immigrants stirring up government fears

Going nuclear

Going nuclear

Saudi Arabia is pursuing a nuclear energy program and possibly nuclear weapons as well, with the US, Russia and China hovering as...

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.

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...

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...

Bangladesh’s battle for health care

Bangladesh’s battle for health care

With middle-income status and a growing demographic dividend, the country’s people are demanding more and better medical care. The...

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...

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...

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

Save our fish

Save our fish

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...

Australia: Hedging its bets in Asia

Australia: Hedging its bets in Asia

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have a change in attitude toward Australia, and there has been a return to its...

The SemBaKo of Indonesian village commerce

The SemBaKo of Indonesian village commerce

Patterns in endogenous development are changing in commercial clusters near Klaten, in Central Java Province, with fundamental retail...

Striving to build a better world

Striving to build a better world

Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir By Gareth Evans (Melbourne University Press, 2017, 277 pp) Reviewed by Nayan Chanda

Nukes, missiles and friendship

Nukes, missiles and friendship

Iran and North Korea have for years cooperated in buying, selling and developing weapons systems including missiles. Will new overtures...

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

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

Leadership in a multipolar world

Leadership in a multipolar world

If the United States wants to play a leading role in fashioning the new balance of power, in which China and Russia are both key elements,...

Iran’s options against the US and Israel

Iran’s options against the US and Israel

This essay was published by Stratfor, the US-based global geopolitical intelligence firm, with which Strategic Review has a content-sharing...

Fiddling in the face of floods

Fiddling in the face of floods

Many of Asia’s great cities are coastal, which places them squarely in the path of rising sea levels as global temperatures continue...

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?

An American library in 1965 Indonesia: From enlightenment to torture

An American library in 1965 Indonesia: From enlightenment...

An explosive clash of ideologies sent the country spinning out of control, leading to unprecedented horror and bloodshed. How can...

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...

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 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...

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....

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.

The Trump-Kim showdown

The Trump-Kim showdown

From enemies to friends? The United States and North Korea are on good speaking terms, but will it lead to complete denuclearization?

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?

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,...

It’s a Trump-knock world for us

It’s a Trump-knock world for us

The current United States administration is like nothing that has been seen in recent history. Let’s try to figure it out.

Climate justice: A feminist fossil fuel-free future

Climate justice: A feminist fossil fuel-free future

Equality of women is a key global pursuit. Here’s how the state of the environment can help or hurt that campaign.

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...

The Gulf’s scramble for Africa

The Gulf’s scramble for Africa

Arab Gulf states are intervening more assertively in sub-Saharan Africa to capitalize on economic opportunities and protect their...

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...

Seizing Malaysia’s moment

Seizing Malaysia’s moment

The dramatic change in Malaysian politics gives the country the chance to finally sweep away racial politics and other structural...

The connections are what count

The connections are what count

India, China and the World: A Connected History Reviewed by Nayan Chanda

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...

Indonesia’s quiet success explained

Indonesia’s quiet success explained

Resurgent Indonesia: From Crisis to Confidence By Vasuki Shastry (Straits Times Press, 2018, 194 pp) Reviewed by Salil Tripathi

Sport imitating life

Sport imitating life

The sinking city

The sinking city

Jakarta, the centuries-old Indonesian capital, has one of the world’s highest rates of land subsidence, with some parts of the city...

AI and the return of great-power competition

AI and the return of great-power competition

A trend toward economic nationalism and a growing battle over international standards will balkanize the tech sector as the world’s...

A new and uncomfortable global reality for 2019

A new and uncomfortable global reality for 2019

While the United States will escalate its strategic offensive against China with tariffs, sanctions, regulatory buffers around emerging...

Cyberthreats: Facing the faceless

Cyberthreats: Facing the faceless

Better safe than sorry? Understanding the risk management and governance guidelines to maintain data and network security is more...

US and Russia toe-to-toe over INF

US and Russia toe-to-toe over INF

Russia’s Novator 9M729 missile and issue of compliance

Challenging Duterte

Challenging Duterte

The Philippine president has thrived by cultivating a reputation for running roughshod over the rule of law and declaring war on the...

Bounded engagement

Bounded engagement

There is no viable alternative to Australia engaging with China. Canberra really has no other choice. That said, neither does Beijing.

Rematch: Joko, Prabowo and the democracy experiment

Rematch: Joko, Prabowo and the democracy experiment

The Indonesian president and opposition leader will again vie for the presidency. But five years on, they face a vastly different...

The Syrian crisis and chemical weapons

The Syrian crisis and chemical weapons

Russian veto hampering efforts to rid nation of such weapons

No votes in knowing the neighbors

No votes in knowing the neighbors

Foreign policy issues avoided during election, trade deal still needs to be ratified

Affirmative action in microcredit

Affirmative action in microcredit

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

Hacking and the darker side of social media

Hacking and the darker side of social media

The United States’ 2016 presidential election was hacked. So what makes Indonesia think that it’s ready for April?

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...

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.”

Revving up the e-commerce engine

Revving up the e-commerce engine

As it picks up speed, regulatory changes and improvements are vital to help online commerce do a better job in helping Indonesia’s...

Elections alert: Beware of boats and books

Elections alert: Beware of boats and books

Communists and illegal immigrants stirring up government fears

Going nuclear

Going nuclear

Saudi Arabia is pursuing a nuclear energy program and possibly nuclear weapons as well, with the US, Russia and China hovering as...

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.

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...

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...

Bangladesh’s battle for health care

Bangladesh’s battle for health care

With middle-income status and a growing demographic dividend, the country’s people are demanding more and better medical care. The...

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...

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...

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

Save our fish

Save our fish

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...

Australia: Hedging its bets in Asia

Australia: Hedging its bets in Asia

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have a change in attitude toward Australia, and there has been a return to its...

The SemBaKo of Indonesian village commerce

The SemBaKo of Indonesian village commerce

Patterns in endogenous development are changing in commercial clusters near Klaten, in Central Java Province, with fundamental retail...

Striving to build a better world

Striving to build a better world

Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir By Gareth Evans (Melbourne University Press, 2017, 277 pp) Reviewed by Nayan Chanda

Nukes, missiles and friendship

Nukes, missiles and friendship

Iran and North Korea have for years cooperated in buying, selling and developing weapons systems including missiles. Will new overtures...

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

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

Leadership in a multipolar world

Leadership in a multipolar world

If the United States wants to play a leading role in fashioning the new balance of power, in which China and Russia are both key elements,...

Iran’s options against the US and Israel

Iran’s options against the US and Israel

This essay was published by Stratfor, the US-based global geopolitical intelligence firm, with which Strategic Review has a content-sharing...

Fiddling in the face of floods

Fiddling in the face of floods

Many of Asia’s great cities are coastal, which places them squarely in the path of rising sea levels as global temperatures continue...

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?

An American library in 1965 Indonesia: From enlightenment to torture

An American library in 1965 Indonesia: From enlightenment...

An explosive clash of ideologies sent the country spinning out of control, leading to unprecedented horror and bloodshed. How can...

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...

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 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...

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....

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.

The Trump-Kim showdown

The Trump-Kim showdown

From enemies to friends? The United States and North Korea are on good speaking terms, but will it lead to complete denuclearization?

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?

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,...

It’s a Trump-knock world for us

It’s a Trump-knock world for us

The current United States administration is like nothing that has been seen in recent history. Let’s try to figure it out.

Climate justice: A feminist fossil fuel-free future

Climate justice: A feminist fossil fuel-free future

Equality of women is a key global pursuit. Here’s how the state of the environment can help or hurt that campaign.

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...

The Gulf’s scramble for Africa

The Gulf’s scramble for Africa

Arab Gulf states are intervening more assertively in sub-Saharan Africa to capitalize on economic opportunities and protect their...

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...

Seizing Malaysia’s moment

Seizing Malaysia’s moment

The dramatic change in Malaysian politics gives the country the chance to finally sweep away racial politics and other structural...

The connections are what count

The connections are what count

India, China and the World: A Connected History Reviewed by Nayan Chanda

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...

Indonesia’s quiet success explained

Indonesia’s quiet success explained

Resurgent Indonesia: From Crisis to Confidence By Vasuki Shastry (Straits Times Press, 2018, 194 pp) Reviewed by Salil Tripathi

Sport imitating life

Sport imitating life

The sinking city

The sinking city

Jakarta, the centuries-old Indonesian capital, has one of the world’s highest rates of land subsidence, with some parts of the city...

AI and the return of great-power competition

AI and the return of great-power competition

A trend toward economic nationalism and a growing battle over international standards will balkanize the tech sector as the world’s...

A new and uncomfortable global reality for 2019

A new and uncomfortable global reality for 2019

While the United States will escalate its strategic offensive against China with tariffs, sanctions, regulatory buffers around emerging...

Cyberthreats: Facing the faceless

Cyberthreats: Facing the faceless

Better safe than sorry? Understanding the risk management and governance guidelines to maintain data and network security is more...

US and Russia toe-to-toe over INF

US and Russia toe-to-toe over INF

Russia’s Novator 9M729 missile and issue of compliance

Challenging Duterte

Challenging Duterte

The Philippine president has thrived by cultivating a reputation for running roughshod over the rule of law and declaring war on the...

Bounded engagement

Bounded engagement

There is no viable alternative to Australia engaging with China. Canberra really has no other choice. That said, neither does Beijing.

Rematch: Joko, Prabowo and the democracy experiment

Rematch: Joko, Prabowo and the democracy experiment

The Indonesian president and opposition leader will again vie for the presidency. But five years on, they face a vastly different...

The Syrian crisis and chemical weapons

The Syrian crisis and chemical weapons

Russian veto hampering efforts to rid nation of such weapons

No votes in knowing the neighbors

No votes in knowing the neighbors

Foreign policy issues avoided during election, trade deal still needs to be ratified

Affirmative action in microcredit

Affirmative action in microcredit

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

Hacking and the darker side of social media

Hacking and the darker side of social media

The United States’ 2016 presidential election was hacked. So what makes Indonesia think that it’s ready for April?

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...

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.”

Revving up the e-commerce engine

Revving up the e-commerce engine

As it picks up speed, regulatory changes and improvements are vital to help online commerce do a better job in helping Indonesia’s...

Elections alert: Beware of boats and books

Elections alert: Beware of boats and books

Communists and illegal immigrants stirring up government fears

Going nuclear

Going nuclear

Saudi Arabia is pursuing a nuclear energy program and possibly nuclear weapons as well, with the US, Russia and China hovering as...

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.

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...

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...

Bangladesh’s battle for health care

Bangladesh’s battle for health care

With middle-income status and a growing demographic dividend, the country’s people are demanding more and better medical care. The...

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...

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...

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

Save our fish

Save our fish

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...

Australia: Hedging its bets in Asia

Australia: Hedging its bets in Asia

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have a change in attitude toward Australia, and there has been a return to its...

The SemBaKo of Indonesian village commerce

The SemBaKo of Indonesian village commerce

Patterns in endogenous development are changing in commercial clusters near Klaten, in Central Java Province, with fundamental retail...

Striving to build a better world

Striving to build a better world

Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir By Gareth Evans (Melbourne University Press, 2017, 277 pp) Reviewed by Nayan Chanda

Nukes, missiles and friendship

Nukes, missiles and friendship

Iran and North Korea have for years cooperated in buying, selling and developing weapons systems including missiles. Will new overtures...

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

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

Leadership in a multipolar world

Leadership in a multipolar world

If the United States wants to play a leading role in fashioning the new balance of power, in which China and Russia are both key elements,...

Iran’s options against the US and Israel

Iran’s options against the US and Israel

This essay was published by Stratfor, the US-based global geopolitical intelligence firm, with which Strategic Review has a content-sharing...

Fiddling in the face of floods

Fiddling in the face of floods

Many of Asia’s great cities are coastal, which places them squarely in the path of rising sea levels as global temperatures continue...

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?

An American library in 1965 Indonesia: From enlightenment to torture

An American library in 1965 Indonesia: From enlightenment...

An explosive clash of ideologies sent the country spinning out of control, leading to unprecedented horror and bloodshed. How can...

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...

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 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...

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....

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.

The Trump-Kim showdown

The Trump-Kim showdown

From enemies to friends? The United States and North Korea are on good speaking terms, but will it lead to complete denuclearization?

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?

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,...

It’s a Trump-knock world for us

It’s a Trump-knock world for us

The current United States administration is like nothing that has been seen in recent history. Let’s try to figure it out.

Climate justice: A feminist fossil fuel-free future

Climate justice: A feminist fossil fuel-free future

Equality of women is a key global pursuit. Here’s how the state of the environment can help or hurt that campaign.

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...

The Gulf’s scramble for Africa

The Gulf’s scramble for Africa

Arab Gulf states are intervening more assertively in sub-Saharan Africa to capitalize on economic opportunities and protect their...

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...

Seizing Malaysia’s moment

Seizing Malaysia’s moment

The dramatic change in Malaysian politics gives the country the chance to finally sweep away racial politics and other structural...

The connections are what count

The connections are what count

India, China and the World: A Connected History Reviewed by Nayan Chanda

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...

Indonesia’s quiet success explained

Indonesia’s quiet success explained

Resurgent Indonesia: From Crisis to Confidence By Vasuki Shastry (Straits Times Press, 2018, 194 pp) Reviewed by Salil Tripathi

Sport imitating life

Sport imitating life

The sinking city

The sinking city

Jakarta, the centuries-old Indonesian capital, has one of the world’s highest rates of land subsidence, with some parts of the city...

AI and the return of great-power competition

AI and the return of great-power competition

A trend toward economic nationalism and a growing battle over international standards will balkanize the tech sector as the world’s...

A new and uncomfortable global reality for 2019

A new and uncomfortable global reality for 2019

While the United States will escalate its strategic offensive against China with tariffs, sanctions, regulatory buffers around emerging...

Cyberthreats: Facing the faceless

Cyberthreats: Facing the faceless

Better safe than sorry? Understanding the risk management and governance guidelines to maintain data and network security is more...

US and Russia toe-to-toe over INF

US and Russia toe-to-toe over INF

Russia’s Novator 9M729 missile and issue of compliance

Challenging Duterte

Challenging Duterte

The Philippine president has thrived by cultivating a reputation for running roughshod over the rule of law and declaring war on the...

Bounded engagement

Bounded engagement

There is no viable alternative to Australia engaging with China. Canberra really has no other choice. That said, neither does Beijing.

Rematch: Joko, Prabowo and the democracy experiment

Rematch: Joko, Prabowo and the democracy experiment

The Indonesian president and opposition leader will again vie for the presidency. But five years on, they face a vastly different...

The Syrian crisis and chemical weapons

The Syrian crisis and chemical weapons

Russian veto hampering efforts to rid nation of such weapons

No votes in knowing the neighbors

No votes in knowing the neighbors

Foreign policy issues avoided during election, trade deal still needs to be ratified

Affirmative action in microcredit

Affirmative action in microcredit

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

Hacking and the darker side of social media

Hacking and the darker side of social media

The United States’ 2016 presidential election was hacked. So what makes Indonesia think that it’s ready for April?

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...

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.”

Revving up the e-commerce engine

Revving up the e-commerce engine

As it picks up speed, regulatory changes and improvements are vital to help online commerce do a better job in helping Indonesia’s...

Elections alert: Beware of boats and books

Elections alert: Beware of boats and books

Communists and illegal immigrants stirring up government fears

Going nuclear

Going nuclear

Saudi Arabia is pursuing a nuclear energy program and possibly nuclear weapons as well, with the US, Russia and China hovering as...

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.

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...

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...

Bangladesh’s battle for health care

Bangladesh’s battle for health care

With middle-income status and a growing demographic dividend, the country’s people are demanding more and better medical care. The...

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...

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...

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

Save our fish

Save our fish

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...

Australia: Hedging its bets in Asia

Australia: Hedging its bets in Asia

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have a change in attitude toward Australia, and there has been a return to its...

The SemBaKo of Indonesian village commerce

The SemBaKo of Indonesian village commerce

Patterns in endogenous development are changing in commercial clusters near Klaten, in Central Java Province, with fundamental retail...

Striving to build a better world

Striving to build a better world

Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir By Gareth Evans (Melbourne University Press, 2017, 277 pp) Reviewed by Nayan Chanda

Nukes, missiles and friendship

Nukes, missiles and friendship

Iran and North Korea have for years cooperated in buying, selling and developing weapons systems including missiles. Will new overtures...

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

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

Leadership in a multipolar world

Leadership in a multipolar world

If the United States wants to play a leading role in fashioning the new balance of power, in which China and Russia are both key elements,...

Iran’s options against the US and Israel

Iran’s options against the US and Israel

This essay was published by Stratfor, the US-based global geopolitical intelligence firm, with which Strategic Review has a content-sharing...

Fiddling in the face of floods

Fiddling in the face of floods

Many of Asia’s great cities are coastal, which places them squarely in the path of rising sea levels as global temperatures continue...

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?

An American library in 1965 Indonesia: From enlightenment to torture

An American library in 1965 Indonesia: From enlightenment...

An explosive clash of ideologies sent the country spinning out of control, leading to unprecedented horror and bloodshed. How can...

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...

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 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...

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....

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.

The Trump-Kim showdown

The Trump-Kim showdown

From enemies to friends? The United States and North Korea are on good speaking terms, but will it lead to complete denuclearization?

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?

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,...

It’s a Trump-knock world for us

It’s a Trump-knock world for us

The current United States administration is like nothing that has been seen in recent history. Let’s try to figure it out.

Climate justice: A feminist fossil fuel-free future

Climate justice: A feminist fossil fuel-free future

Equality of women is a key global pursuit. Here’s how the state of the environment can help or hurt that campaign.

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...

The Gulf’s scramble for Africa

The Gulf’s scramble for Africa

Arab Gulf states are intervening more assertively in sub-Saharan Africa to capitalize on economic opportunities and protect their...

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...

Seizing Malaysia’s moment

Seizing Malaysia’s moment

The dramatic change in Malaysian politics gives the country the chance to finally sweep away racial politics and other structural...

The connections are what count

The connections are what count

India, China and the World: A Connected History Reviewed by Nayan Chanda

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...

Indonesia’s quiet success explained

Indonesia’s quiet success explained

Resurgent Indonesia: From Crisis to Confidence By Vasuki Shastry (Straits Times Press, 2018, 194 pp) Reviewed by Salil Tripathi

Sport imitating life

Sport imitating life

The sinking city

The sinking city

Jakarta, the centuries-old Indonesian capital, has one of the world’s highest rates of land subsidence, with some parts of the city...

AI and the return of great-power competition

AI and the return of great-power competition

A trend toward economic nationalism and a growing battle over international standards will balkanize the tech sector as the world’s...

A new and uncomfortable global reality for 2019

A new and uncomfortable global reality for 2019

While the United States will escalate its strategic offensive against China with tariffs, sanctions, regulatory buffers around emerging...

Cyberthreats: Facing the faceless

Cyberthreats: Facing the faceless

Better safe than sorry? Understanding the risk management and governance guidelines to maintain data and network security is more...

US and Russia toe-to-toe over INF

US and Russia toe-to-toe over INF

Russia’s Novator 9M729 missile and issue of compliance

Challenging Duterte

Challenging Duterte

The Philippine president has thrived by cultivating a reputation for running roughshod over the rule of law and declaring war on the...

Bounded engagement

Bounded engagement

There is no viable alternative to Australia engaging with China. Canberra really has no other choice. That said, neither does Beijing.

Rematch: Joko, Prabowo and the democracy experiment

Rematch: Joko, Prabowo and the democracy experiment

The Indonesian president and opposition leader will again vie for the presidency. But five years on, they face a vastly different...

The Syrian crisis and chemical weapons

The Syrian crisis and chemical weapons

Russian veto hampering efforts to rid nation of such weapons

No votes in knowing the neighbors

No votes in knowing the neighbors

Foreign policy issues avoided during election, trade deal still needs to be ratified

Affirmative action in microcredit

Affirmative action in microcredit

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

Hacking and the darker side of social media

Hacking and the darker side of social media

The United States’ 2016 presidential election was hacked. So what makes Indonesia think that it’s ready for April?

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...

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.”

Revving up the e-commerce engine

Revving up the e-commerce engine

As it picks up speed, regulatory changes and improvements are vital to help online commerce do a better job in helping Indonesia’s...

Elections alert: Beware of boats and books

Elections alert: Beware of boats and books

Communists and illegal immigrants stirring up government fears

Going nuclear

Going nuclear

Saudi Arabia is pursuing a nuclear energy program and possibly nuclear weapons as well, with the US, Russia and China hovering as...

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.

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...

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...

Bangladesh’s battle for health care

Bangladesh’s battle for health care

With middle-income status and a growing demographic dividend, the country’s people are demanding more and better medical care. The...

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...

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...

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

Save our fish

Save our fish

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...

Australia: Hedging its bets in Asia

Australia: Hedging its bets in Asia

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have a change in attitude toward Australia, and there has been a return to its...

The SemBaKo of Indonesian village commerce

The SemBaKo of Indonesian village commerce

Patterns in endogenous development are changing in commercial clusters near Klaten, in Central Java Province, with fundamental retail...

Striving to build a better world

Striving to build a better world

Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir By Gareth Evans (Melbourne University Press, 2017, 277 pp) Reviewed by Nayan Chanda

Nukes, missiles and friendship

Nukes, missiles and friendship

Iran and North Korea have for years cooperated in buying, selling and developing weapons systems including missiles. Will new overtures...

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

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

Leadership in a multipolar world

Leadership in a multipolar world

If the United States wants to play a leading role in fashioning the new balance of power, in which China and Russia are both key elements,...

Iran’s options against the US and Israel

Iran’s options against the US and Israel

This essay was published by Stratfor, the US-based global geopolitical intelligence firm, with which Strategic Review has a content-sharing...

Fiddling in the face of floods

Fiddling in the face of floods

Many of Asia’s great cities are coastal, which places them squarely in the path of rising sea levels as global temperatures continue...

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?

An American library in 1965 Indonesia: From enlightenment to torture

An American library in 1965 Indonesia: From enlightenment...

An explosive clash of ideologies sent the country spinning out of control, leading to unprecedented horror and bloodshed. How can...

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...

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 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...

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....

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.

The Trump-Kim showdown

The Trump-Kim showdown

From enemies to friends? The United States and North Korea are on good speaking terms, but will it lead to complete denuclearization?

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?

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,...

It’s a Trump-knock world for us

It’s a Trump-knock world for us

The current United States administration is like nothing that has been seen in recent history. Let’s try to figure it out.

Climate justice: A feminist fossil fuel-free future

Climate justice: A feminist fossil fuel-free future

Equality of women is a key global pursuit. Here’s how the state of the environment can help or hurt that campaign.

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...

The Gulf’s scramble for Africa

The Gulf’s scramble for Africa

Arab Gulf states are intervening more assertively in sub-Saharan Africa to capitalize on economic opportunities and protect their...

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...

Seizing Malaysia’s moment

Seizing Malaysia’s moment

The dramatic change in Malaysian politics gives the country the chance to finally sweep away racial politics and other structural...

The connections are what count

The connections are what count

India, China and the World: A Connected History Reviewed by Nayan Chanda

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...

Indonesia’s quiet success explained

Indonesia’s quiet success explained

Resurgent Indonesia: From Crisis to Confidence By Vasuki Shastry (Straits Times Press, 2018, 194 pp) Reviewed by Salil Tripathi

Sport imitating life

Sport imitating life

The sinking city

The sinking city

Jakarta, the centuries-old Indonesian capital, has one of the world’s highest rates of land subsidence, with some parts of the city...

AI and the return of great-power competition

AI and the return of great-power competition

A trend toward economic nationalism and a growing battle over international standards will balkanize the tech sector as the world’s...

A new and uncomfortable global reality for 2019

A new and uncomfortable global reality for 2019

While the United States will escalate its strategic offensive against China with tariffs, sanctions, regulatory buffers around emerging...

Cyberthreats: Facing the faceless

Cyberthreats: Facing the faceless

Better safe than sorry? Understanding the risk management and governance guidelines to maintain data and network security is more...

US and Russia toe-to-toe over INF

US and Russia toe-to-toe over INF

Russia’s Novator 9M729 missile and issue of compliance

Challenging Duterte

Challenging Duterte

The Philippine president has thrived by cultivating a reputation for running roughshod over the rule of law and declaring war on the...

Bounded engagement

Bounded engagement

There is no viable alternative to Australia engaging with China. Canberra really has no other choice. That said, neither does Beijing.

Rematch: Joko, Prabowo and the democracy experiment

Rematch: Joko, Prabowo and the democracy experiment

The Indonesian president and opposition leader will again vie for the presidency. But five years on, they face a vastly different...

The Syrian crisis and chemical weapons

The Syrian crisis and chemical weapons

Russian veto hampering efforts to rid nation of such weapons

No votes in knowing the neighbors

No votes in knowing the neighbors

Foreign policy issues avoided during election, trade deal still needs to be ratified

Affirmative action in microcredit

Affirmative action in microcredit

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

Hacking and the darker side of social media

Hacking and the darker side of social media

The United States’ 2016 presidential election was hacked. So what makes Indonesia think that it’s ready for April?

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...

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.”

Revving up the e-commerce engine

Revving up the e-commerce engine

As it picks up speed, regulatory changes and improvements are vital to help online commerce do a better job in helping Indonesia’s...

Elections alert: Beware of boats and books

Elections alert: Beware of boats and books

Communists and illegal immigrants stirring up government fears

Going nuclear

Going nuclear

Saudi Arabia is pursuing a nuclear energy program and possibly nuclear weapons as well, with the US, Russia and China hovering as...

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.

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?