Indonesia’s Policy Over Travel Leads to Confusion for Eid

May 20, 2020

Indonesia has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. At the time of publishing, there have been more than 19,000 confirmed cases and over 1,200 deaths. Due to a lack of testing — just 776 people per 1 million in a country with a population of 268 million — the number of infections is...

COVID-19: What Indonesia Can Learn From South Korea and Taiwan

May 05, 2020

As the coronavirus spreads fast in Indonesia, experts believe that the country will become Asia’s new epicenter. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has been criticized for not implementing a nationwide lockdown. Yet such measures would not be a silver bullet to contain COVID-19, the disease...

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,...

OIC Summit in Jakarta: What to Expect

March 05, 2016

The summit provides Indonesia with an opportunity to become a major global player. In a meeting scheduled for March 6-7 in Indonesia, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will discuss concrete steps to solve the Palestinian crisis. A total of 57 member states aim to produce a Jakarta...

Why Democracy Does Not Come Easily to Indonesia

March 03, 2015

In order to grasp today’s political situation in Indonesia, it is worth taking a look at its troubled history. On October 20, 2014, Joko Widodo, often referred to as Jokowi, was inaugurated as the seventh president of Indonesia. Since the country’s turn toward democracy is still less than...

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...