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Indonesia's Unique China Strategy

Tiola Javadi, National Interest

Terror and Moral Panic in Indonesia

C. Croft-Cusworth, Lowy Interpreter

Indonesia: The Reluctant Giant

Vikram Nehru, National Interest

Indonesia: Staying Calm and Carrying On

William Mackey, The Diplomat

Although China’s rise plays a major part in setting Indonesia’s foreign policy agenda in the region, Jakarta’s stakes in the issue are relatively lower compared t...(full article)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the establishment of official diplomatic relations with Indonesia on Monday, as the world’s largest Muslim country contin...(full article)

An advanced threat of terrorism was added to the Australian government's travel advice for Jakarta this week. Yet the most widely discussed topic in local media was not terrorism, ...(full article)

Can Jakarta translate economic heft into global influence?...(full article)

In Indonesia, terrorist attacks – particularly those against police outposts – are nothing new. They have occurred, if not regularly, then at least consistently, during...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Indonesia Closes Famed School for Trans Women - Feder & Hindryati, BF

The storm over LGBT issues began in January when the minister with oversight of higher education pronounced LGBT student groups to be incompatible with “standards of values a...

Battling ISIS in Indonesia - Sidney Jones, New York Times

Indonesia, the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, has a tiny jihadist movement relative to its size. Many factors have kept radicalism in check: a stable, de...

One President's Remarkable Response to Terror - Uri Friedman, The Atlantic

What makes these statements notable is subtle, and in part a function of omission. First, notice the subdued yet serious way Jokowi describes the impact of the attacks: They disrup...

Why Did ISIS Just Hit Jakarta? - Benjamin Soloway, Foreign Policy

When Islamic State militants used handguns and grenades to carry out a deadly attack in Jakarta on Thursday, a top Indonesian police official immediately compared it to the brutal ...

Indonesia's Jokowi Battles for Survival - Anthony Fensom, The Diplomat

Hopes were high when the former businessman turned politician Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was sworn in as Indonesian president in October 2014. Over a year later though, his r...

ISIS Builds a Network in Jakarta - Sidney Jones, Lowy Interpreter

Jakarta has reacted to the Paris attacks with condolences, assurances that everything is under control, and scepticism from all sides that there could be any fallout at home. From ...

Indonesia's Fires Are the World's Problem - Bloomberg View

The timing is accidental but impeccable. Just as governments are about to launch an unprecedented effort to curb global greenhouse-gas emissions, one of the biggest carbon-dioxide ...

Explaining Indonesia's Fire Crisis - Brad Plumer, Vox

One of the worst eco-disasters on the planet is currently unfolding across Indonesia. Over the past two months, thousands of forest and peatland fires have been raging out of contr...

Washington Waiting for Widodo - P. Cronin & N. Sambhi, War on the Rocks

Indonesia’s ability to capitalize on the attention from partners like the United States will depend on more than good relations. Indonesia needs strong domestic leadership fo...

Indonesia Needs to Get on Board - Bloomberg View

Widodo's first year in office has been something of a disappointment, partly because expectations ran too high. (Obama may sympathize.) The new president hasn't been idle, but he's...

Jokowi's Rocky First Year in Indonesia - A. Thornley, World Politics Review

The extent of Jokowi’s power will also inevitably remain tied to economic performance. On this front, the prognosis remains poor. The economy is in its worst shape since 2009...

Indonesia Needs a Reboot - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

A little over a year ago, Joko Widodo swept to power in Indonesia promising bold change and higher living stands. Voters enthusiastically bought into his everyman image: He's Indon...

Is Jokowi's Indonesia Changing Tack? - C. Croft-Cusworth, Lowy Interpreter

As Indonesia's economy continues to slow, President Jokowi is attempting to steer his Government away from the introspective policies of the early part of his term....

Why the World's Forests Are Growing Back - Doug Saunders, Globe & Mail

If the air feels just a bit fresher, it may be because the trees are making a comeback. Despite a lot of bad news on climate, our planet has become measurably greener, as seen from...

Asian Currencies Take a 90s-Style Plunge - Economist

The rupiah and ringgit plumb depths unseen since the Asian financial crisis...

Indonesia's Economy Stops Emerging - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

In 10 years at the helm, Yudhoyono dragged the economy from failed-state candidate to investment-grade growth star. Jokowi's mandate was to take Indonesia to the next level, honing...

Indonesia Has Drifted Under Jokowi - Gary Kleiman, Asia Times

Indonesian President Jokowi was a gracious host for a recent World Economic Forum and the BRICS may eventually allow another ‘I’ into their new bank and summits, but fo...

What Europe Should Learn from Asia's Crisis - William Pesek, Bloomberg

Asian leaders could be excused a degree of exasperation over the ongoing Greek mess. China's slowdown and stock-market chaos are worry enough; the last thing the export-dependent r...

ISIS Grows by Leaps and Bounds in SE Asia - Josh Rogin, Bloomberg View

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has ramped up its activities in Southeast Asia so effectively that there is now an entire military unit of terrorists recruited from Indonesia, ...

How Indonesia Could Help Solve Yemen - Rakhmat & Askar, The Diplomat

Jakarta is well placed to mediate a resolution....

Indonesia Sinks a Chinese Fishing Vessel - P. Parameswaran, The Diplomat

Jakarta raises the stakes in its war on illegal fishing....

Indonesia's Hopeful Economic Moment - Day & Damuri, East Asia Forum

The first 100 days of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and his government have been distinguished by historic reforms to fuel subsidies, social assistance to the poor, streamlined in...

The Americans Who Would Set West Papua Free - Alexander Zaitchik, FP

In the summer of 2009, John Anari, a young political activist from the Indonesian region of West Papua, created a Facebook page. He did it using an old desktop computer with a dial...

Indonesia's Foreign Policy Takes a Nasty Turn - Economist

The new president charts a markedly different course....

The Rapid Descent of Jokowi's Star - Kevin Lees, Suffragio

Notwithstanding the executions, when viewed in tandem with other missteps, Jokowi risks being viewed as a coward at home and a murderer abroad. For now, Jokowi’s decision, at...

Australia Doomed Its Own Citizens in Indonesia - Waleed Aly, SMH

Perhaps at another time, in another political world, these men would have been spared. Perhaps their comprehensive rehabilitation would have counted for something. But at this time...

In Indonesia, Executed While Singing 'Amazing Grace' - AFP

Indonesia on Wednesday staunchly defended its execution of seven foreigners including two Australians as a vital front of its "war" on drugs as testimony emerged of how they went s...

Indonesia's Deft Balance of Japan and China - C. Croft-Cusworth, Lowy

Indonesia became a middle ground for China-Japan relations this week as the leaders of both nations attended the Asia-Africa Conference in Jakarta....

Can Indonesia's Jokowi Recover? - Jon Emont, The Diplomat

The Indonesian president has disappointed his supporters, yet many remain optimistic....

Defusing IS-Inspired Terror in Indonesia - Endy Bayuni, New York Times

Jakarta, Indonesia — This country, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, has been relatively untouched by Islamist terror attacks since the bombing of two Western hotels ...

Black Sabbath Takes on Indonesia's President - Jenni Ryall, Mashable

Musicians, politicians and regular Australians are pleading for the mercy of convicted drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who are facing the firing squad in Indonesia...

Australia Must Respect Jakarta's Sovereignty - South China Morning Post

The death penalty is a controversial issue and especially so when foreigners are involved. Indonesia's planned execution of two Australians convicted of drug trafficking has sent t...

Is Jakarta the World's Most Congested City? - W. Cox, New Geography

The Castrol Magnatic is one of three international traffic congestion measures that provide information over broad geographical areas. The other two indexes, the Tom Tom Traffic Co...

An Australian Artist to Meet Indonesian Firing Squad - M. Dhumieres, GP

Many had hoped Joko “Jokowi” Widodo would be the president to boost human rights in the country. After all, as the first leader without links to previous dictator Suhar...

Indonesia's Great Hope, or More of the Same? - Economist

IN POLITICS the world over it is often not the other side you have to worry about, but your own. In October Joko Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia’s president, with parliam...

In U.S.-India Ties, a Steady Strategic Win - F. Zakaria, WaPo

The constant drumbeat to deal with the crisis du jour — somehow Washington must now rescue and stabilize Yemen — fails to recognize “opportunity costs.” Every day spent on ...

Beating Indonesia's Death Penalty - Greg Craven, The Australian

Indonesian law does not require these Australians to die. There is the real alternative of a very, very long time in jail. But in reality they will die, unless Australia can respe...

Indonesia's Growing Martial Ambitions - P. Parameswaran, The Diplomat

The Indonesian military is keen on playing the role of “big brother” within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and beyond to promote order in the Asia-Pacific, ...

The Democracy Promotion Gap - Sarah Repucci, The American Interest

A group of highly influential democracies of the global south—Brazil, India, Indonesia, and South Africa—have reinforced their democratic credentials in recent months t...

Australia's Tough Immigration Policy Has Worked - The Australian

ON border protection, the Coalition’s critics have been consistently wrong. And they show no sign of letting up....

Was 2014 Start of an Asian Spring? - Nithin Coca, The Diplomat

In Hong Kong, it’s a yellow umbrella. In Taiwan, the similarly bright sunflower. Thailand pitted yellow-shirts against red-shirts, while in Indonesia, it is the nat...

Bali's Booming Startup Scene - Resty Woro Yuniar, Wall Street Journal

Dozens of budding technology entrepreneurs will flock to Bali this weekend. But rather than surf or sunbathe on the resort islands’ many beaches, they’ll be participati...

Japanese Money Floods Southeast Asia - Economist

A weak domestic economy is spurring Japanese firms to expand abroad....

Jokowi Can Do What Obama Didn't - David Pilling, Financial Times

Widodo will need all the acumen that took him to the presidency to avoid the traps being set....

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