Indonesia local elections sound warning for Widodo

(Originally published in Nikkei Asian Review) Unofficial results from Indonesia’s regional elections hint at declining support for President Joko Widodo, raising the prospect that he...

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...
Big Questions in Australia-Indonesia Relations

Big Questions in Australia-Indonesia Relations

The Australian-Indonesian free trade agreement is set to be big business. With a finalised report not expected until October at the latest, the details...
Vanuatu’s debt

Australia, China, Vanuatu and an “Elephant in the Room”

When Dr. Hassan Wirajuda was Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and he was negotiating the Lombok Treaty on security with Australia in 2005,...

Indonesia’s “Third Generation” Terrorists: Jamaah Ansharut Daulah Networks and Mindanao

As Indonesia continues introspection on the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) bombings in Surabaya, it must not lose sight of the regional context in which...
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...
behind Syria strikes

Are there any ulterior motives behind Syria strikes?

Apparently President Bashar al-Assad and his minders are very determined to recapture Douma, countryside located at the southwestern of Damascus, the capital. Until last March...