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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...(full article)

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, ...(full article)

Jakarta is well placed to mediate a resolution....(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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

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

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....

Erasing Indonesia's Linguistic Heritage - Setiono Sugiharto, Jakarta Post

Indonesian has achieved its status as both the national and official language of Indonesia. Also, it has become the lingua franca of peoples in diverse regions in the archipelago....

5 Challenges for Indonesia's New Leader - Hannah Beech, Time

The political outsider will be under fierce pressure from the outset....

An Indonesian President to Break the Mold - Tom Clarke, The Australian

Joko Widodo, referred to almost universally within Indonesia as Jokowi, will be sworn in as the Republic’s seventh president today. The sense of hope and expectation he carries w...

The Flashpoint in the South China Sea - Dan Drollette Jr, BAS

China has been extending the size of its claims significantly, far beyond its shores, in some cases right up to the coasts of neighboring countries. In a new twist, the country&rsq...

Indonesia's Remote Internet Village - Guruh Riyanto, Worldcrunch

In Indonesia, not everyone has access to the Internet, and it is quite rare to be able to connect in rural and mountain locations. But one village on the slopes of Mount Slamet, in...

Asia's Democratic Dark Spots - Shashi Tharoor, Project Syndicate

Democracy in Asia lately has proved to be hardier than many might have expected, with free and fair elections enabling the large and divided societies of India and Indonesia to man...

Islamic State's Dangerous Influence in Asia - Hannah Suh, TNI

In places across Indonesia, small collections of political Islamists have “openly pledged their allegiance” to the extremist terrorist group, the Islamic State (IS). One of th...

Now, the Good News: 3 Global Success Stories - Fareed Zakaria, Wash Post

Wherever you look these days, the world seems on fire. New hot spots like Russia-Ukraine are competing with old ones like Gaza. Festering conflicts like those in Syria and Iraq are...

In Search of the Real Indonesia - Pankaj Mishra, The New Yorker

Indonesia's diversity is formidable: some thirteen and a half thousand islands, two hundred and fifty million people, around three hundred and sixty ethnic groups, and more than se...

High Hopes for Indonesia - Christian Science Monitor

The Indonesian presidential election brings a fresh leader with a record of clean governance, something this young Asian democracy has been struggling for....

Pay Attention to Indonesia's Election - Joshua Keating, Slate

Indonesia, which held a closely fought presidential election, doesn’t get all that much coverage here compared with China and India, which is unfortunate. It’s the worl...

Dictator Nostalgia in Indonesia - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

Indonesia's election next month was supposed to be a progressive turning point: one reformer passing the baton to another, and promising to lift Southeast Asia's biggest economy. I...

Economic Nationalism Endangers Indonesia - William Pesek, Bloomberg

Economic ideas don't get much worse than Prabowo Subianto’s plan to double the rate of Indonesia’s borrowing. The presidential contender wants to boost growth by incre...

The Jokowi Effect in Southeast Asia - Mong Palatino, The Diplomat

Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, or Jokowi as he is popularly known, is on track to be the next president of Indonesia. And if he continues his impressive performance as a public se...

China May Be Biggest Economy, but Not the Best - Willie Pesek, Bloomberg

The danger is that in Asia, this ossified status quo traps billions far below middle-income levels. Rapid GDP growth has been remarkably successful in lifting hundreds of millions ...

Why America Should Embrace Asia - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

After World War II, the United States confronted communism, but it also built a stable world order by creating institutions that set global rules and shared power — including...

Regional Implications of Indonesia's Rise - Abdul-Latif Halimi, Diplomat

As it tallies votes from Wednesday’s election, Indonesia’s economic outlook is strong. What does that mean for the region?...

Indonesia's Growing Maritime Disputes - Scott Cheney-Peters, Diplomat

Indonesia has had a rocky couple of weeks in its relations with its neighbors. While Ted Piccone and Bimo Yusman wrote last week about Indonesia’s decade of qualified diplomatic...

'A Million Friends and Zero Enemies' - Piccone & Yusman, The Diplomat

After nearly ten years in office, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (widely known as SBY) will hand power this July to an elected successor in competitive multi-party elections....

Can This Man Save Asian Democracy? - Bloomberg View

One might well despair of democracy in Southeast Asia, judging by the events of recent weeks: crackdowns on protesters in Cambodia, anti-Christian attacks in Malaysia and anti-Musl...

Asia's Dangerous Strongman Nostalgia - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

Across Asia, there are too many examples of populations still fixated on worldviews that no longer exist. The forces of globalization won’t slow down as nations reminisce. Ne...

Indonesia, Radical Islam and the Asia Pivot - Wibawanto Nugroho, RCD

Political Islam is on the rise in Indonesia and rising alongside it is the country’s importance to U.S. national security. As the pendulum of American attention swings toward Asi...

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