The Red Wave

The upcoming US Midterms on 6th November 2018 are the most important and critical in living memory. At first glance what is at stake...
Indonesia’s Election: What to Expect From Jokowi’s Second Term

Indonesia’s Election: What to Expect From Jokowi’s Second Term

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, appears to have handily won a second term and a parliamentary majority for his coalition in...
What Do the Australian Elections Mean for Canberra’s Policies Toward Indonesia and the Rest of Southeast Asia?

What Do the Australian Elections Mean for Canberra’s Policies Toward Indonesia and the Rest...

In elections last month, Australia’s Liberal-National coalition won a surprising victory, defying pollsters who had almost uniformly predicted that the Australian Labor Party would triumph. The...
Improving US-Indonesia Relations

Improving US-Indonesia Relations

The Donald J. Trump administration has pursued a foreign policy toward Southeast Asia that has simultaneously courted and alienated countries in the region. The...

Crowdsourcing Terror in Indonesia

(Originally published in East Asia Forum) In the wake of high-profile terrorist activities in Indonesia, social media’s role in violent extremism is once again under...
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad

Moving beyond GE14: Disruption is what Malaysia needs

As Malaysia inches ever closer to its 14th general elections, many commentators view the emergence of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and Tun Dr....

Indonesia’s fuel price controls: Fueling concerns

One of the Jokowi administration’s major reform policies was the discontinuation of budget transfers to subsidise RON (Research Octane Number) 88 fuel consumption in...

Why Indonesia is so bad at lawmaking

(Originally published in The Economist) To mark the start of Ramadan, Sharp Indonesia, an offshoot of a Japanese electronics giant, hosted a press conference to...
Rohingya Bangladesh

What Happens if Rohingya Stay in Bangladesh Forever?

Earlier this month, the Myanmar government embarked upon a new plan to begin repatriating Rohingya who had fled Rakhine State after waves of brutal...

Najib, Malaysia’s Next Steps in Fighting Corruption, and Lessons for Indonesia

Last week, the Malaysian government arrested former prime minister Najib Tun Razak on charges of corruption and criminal breaches of trust, in allegations related...
Indonesia After Jokowi’s Victory

Indonesia After Jokowi’s Victory

With the final results out of the Indonesian presidential elections, incumbent President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, has won a sizable victory over challenger Prabowo...

Medan Wise

English Premier League soccer legend Dennis Wise visited Medan recently and I was fortunate enough to host him during his stay. For those of you...
Tracking Jokowi's promises

Economic Pledges and Performance: Tracking Jokowi’s promises

I have the firmest convictions that that confidence cannot be secured by any other course than that of a frank and explicit declaration of...
The Impact of the U.S. Midterms Election on U.S.-Indonesia Relations

The Impact of the U.S. Midterms Election on U.S.-Indonesia Relations

In the U.S. midterm elections this week, Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, the U.S. lower house of Congress, for the first...

US Vice President trip to Asia explained

In November, Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Asia, in the place of President Trump, for the East Asia Summit and ASEAN summit...

Berita Terkini

Jokowi, Misteri Kotak Pandora GBHN

Jokowi, Misteri Kotak Pandora GBHN

Belum resmi berlabuh, kapal kepemimpinan periode kedua Jokowi sudah dihantam berbagai ombak dan badai....
Prabowo Kunci Jokowi Imbangi PDIP

Prabowo, Kunci Jokowi Imbangi PDIP?

Wiranto Korban Perubahan Teroris

Wiranto Korban Perubahan Teroris