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Women's health care: A flaw in Indonesia’s system

Women's health care: A flaw in Indonesia’s system

Healthier and stronger underprivileged women only make their communities and the country better.

Indonesia’s key to digital success: Crowdfunding

Indonesia’s key to digital success: Crowdfunding

One domestic platform has taken the donations market by storm. Can it be a blueprint for start-ups just entering the industry?

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....

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.

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?

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.

Do Indonesians trust their police?

Do Indonesians trust their police?

Proper policing requires sufficient resources and public support. Is Indonesia up to the challenge?

Lost in translation: Imported rectors

Lost in translation: Imported rectors

The administration’s recent initiative to recruit foreigners as heads of universities unrealistically places too large a burden on...

Indonesian radicals: Speak loudly but carry a small stick

Indonesian radicals: Speak loudly but carry a small stick

Hard-liners continue to try to wield power and turn Indonesia into an Islamic state. The recently re-elected president, Joko Widodo,...

Maritime diplomacy – Indonesia style

Maritime diplomacy – Indonesia style

Indonesia is the largest archipelago on the planet. So why do something about its limitless possibilities?

Extraction and deforestation: It takes two to tango

Extraction and deforestation: It takes two to tango

The Indonesian archipelago hosts much of the globe’s remaining humid tropical forests, and policy research has documented the role...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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?

The end of a supraregional entity?

The end of a supraregional entity?

The Brexit vote sent shockwaves around the world, which will continue as Britain prepares for its departure from the European Union....

Our changing environment and the fate of national defense

Our changing environment and the fate of national defense

Climate change is also a major defense issue for nations. Research and cooperation are crucial to mitigating both environmental and...

The art of infrastructure diplomacy

The art of infrastructure diplomacy

The Indonesian president has repeatedly declared that the country is “open for business,” including on infrastructure. That’s easier...

No policy coherence? No poverty reduction

No policy coherence? No poverty reduction

There is a stark lack of cooperation among actors reducing poverty in the world’s poorest countries. It’s time to team up and come...

Indonesia: Asia’s next geopolitical player?

Indonesia: Asia’s next geopolitical player?

The playing field in Asia is changing. Indonesia has a chance to get into the starting lineup on political and economic issues – if...