Could seaweed solve Indonesia’s plastic crisis?

(Originally published in The Guardian) Indonesia produces more marine plastic pollution than any other country except China. It is the world’s biggest archipelago also its...

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...
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 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...

Indonesia’s growing state enterprises: More information needs to be shared with shareholders

Imagine that you have just become a shareholder of Indonesia’s largest company with a 35% ownership stake. From the first day, you are flooded...
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...

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...