Indonesia Needs to Negotiate with China

April 18, 2019

The outcome of the election may be unclear, but the next president of Indonesia should take notes on how to do business with China. On April 17, Indonesians went to the polls to vote for a new president. Although the official result will be announced in May, “quick counts” by polling...

Indonesia Is Spending Big on Infrastructure

February 25, 2019

With an election on the horizon, President Jokowi needs to justify his spending on Indonesia’s infrastructure. On April 17, Indonesians will head to the polls for a presidential election. To help choose the best person for the job, election debates have been held between the two candidates,...

Why Indonesia is a Blood-Thirsty Nation

June 22, 2016

Jakarta’s support for the death penalty shows the lack of trust Indonesians have in law enforcement. The usual stereotype that tourists have of Indonesians is that they are approachable, welcoming and accepting. Anyone who reads Elizabeth Pisani’s Indonesia, etc. might think that we are a...

Indonesia Needs the Death Penalty to Deter Drug Traffickers

April 30, 2015

Indonesia’s spiraling drug problem is the main reason why Jokowi should maintain his tough anti-drug stance. International pressure has mounted on Indonesia in recent months to stop its enforcement of the death penalty. In January, Indonesian President Joko Widodo — known as Jokowi —...

Consensual Leadership in ASEAN: Will it Endure Under Jokowi?

February 02, 2015

Will ASEAN still be the cornerstone of Indonesia’s foreign policy? A central focus on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has always been a dominant theme in Indonesian foreign policy. This continues to be the case, despite ASEAN’s deficiencies in providing Indonesia with a...