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Guruh Riyanto, Worldcrunch

Asia's Democratic Dark Spots

Shashi Tharoor, Project Syndicate

The political outsider will be under fierce pressure from the outset....(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

The MINT Countries: Next Economic Giants? - Jim O'Neill, BBC Magazine

This is the envy of many developed countries but also two of the Bric countries, China and Russia. So, if Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey get their act together, some of them...

Indonesia's Economic Bubble - Nigel West, The Diplomat

A star performer for much of the last decade, Indonesia’s economy now faces serious issues, not least a major bubble....

The Disturbing World of Jakarta's Street Apes - Perttu Saska, Ufunk

“A kind of you“, a disturbing series about the world of street monkeys in the city of Jakarta, created by the Finnish photographer Perttu Saska. Trained and dressed as humans t...

U.S. Plays with Fire as Asia Examines Debt - William Pesek, Bloomberg

The U.S. doesn’t deserve Asia’s money, not with half of its government in financial jihad mode, damn the global consequences....

Indonesia Has Bigger Problems than Bikinis - William Pesek, Bloomberg

Indonesians are taking to the streets to demand the government heed their complaints. Are they livid about corruption? No. Fed up with poverty? Not really. Angry over political gri...

Autumn's Known Unknowns - Nouriel Roubini, Project Syndicate

The looming known unknowns are plentiful. Some outcomes may be more positive, or at least less damaging, than expected. But the realization this autumn of even some of the risks de...

Don't Blame the Fed for Asia's Problems - William Pesek, Bloomberg

Asian governments need to face up to realities. Perhaps they can live without American and European consumers for four or five years, but thriving beyond that requires more buoyant...

What to Do with Australia's Boat People? - Peter Hartcher, SM Herald

It would have been better if Kevin Rudd had not changed Australia's refugee policy in 2008. He should have left well enough alone. But the country doesn't have that option. We have...

How Facebook Broke an Indonesian Terror Case - Niniek Karmini, AP

Sefa Riano didn't try to hide his plans or his beliefs. A Facebook page that police traced to him is plastered with photos of bearded men in camouflage uniforms holding rifles and ...

Dark Side of Indonesia's Fragile Democracy - Michael Vann, The Diplomat

Today, that sinophobic violence is a distant memory (due in no small part to a failure to investigate the attacks and prosecute the perpetrators), but it is clear to all that numer...

The Chained Up Mentally Ill of Bali - Katrin Kuntz, Der Spiegel

Not far from the glistening beaches of Bali, mentally ill people are kept in chains or locked up in small shacks. Locals simply don't know what else to do with them. But psychiatri...

Indonesia's Islamic 'Reeducation' Schools - Mike Bachelard, Brisbane Times

The men who took Yope were part of an organised traffic in West Papuan youth. A six-month Good Weekend investigation has confirmed that children, possibly in their thousands, have ...

How to Thrive as a People Smuggler - Aubrey Belford, The Global Mail

It took nine hours on February 21, on the perilous waters between Indonesia and Christmas Island, to convince Mahmoud Zarify and about 120 other passengers that they had to turn ba...

North Korea the Least of the West's Worries - John Kampfner, Telegraph

Far more worrying is what could be called the 21st-century authoritarians -- contemporary China, Russia and others who follow their model. These states have learnt much from their ...

Indonesia's Democracy at Crossroads - Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning H'ld

Indonesia is hailed as an outstanding success story of the modern world. Suharto's military dictatorship transformed into a vibrant democracy; it's a Muslim-majority country where ...

How Democracy Kills in Indonesia & Pakistan - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg

Successful mass mobilizations against autocratic rule in Indonesia and Pakistan, followed by free elections, raised hopes of a new civil society. So why have both countries witne...

Asia Pivot Imperative as West Fades - Ramesh Thakur, The Australian

In a radically transformed world, there will not be any hegemonic power. Instead, power will be dispersed among states, and diffused from states to informal networks and individual...

Understanding the South China Sea Disputes - Indian Defence Review

The South China Sea is bounded by China in the North, the Philippines in the East, Vietnam in the West, Malaysia as also Brunei in the South East and Indonesia in the South West. T...

The Asia 'Pivot' and the Islamic Challenge - Tom Plate, Jakarta Post

The US needs to focus extra on Indonesia, which is ASEAN’s lead member, where Obama once lived (ages 6-10), and where he paid a triumphant visit in 2010. This country’s...

What Did We Really Witness in the Mideast? - Rami Khouri, Daily Star

It is always instructive but also irritating to be in the United States when tumultuous events occur around the Middle East or the wider Arab-Asian region with its predominantly Mu...

Southeast Asia Deals with Fallout - Prashanth Parameswaran, Diplomat

Over the last few days, the world has witnessed uproar in more than 20 countries over video clips from “Innocence of Muslims”, a U.S.-made anti-Muslim film ridiculing the Pro...

Island Grabbing in Asia - Michael Klare, Foreign Affairs

Last month, Japanese activists planted their country's flag on one of the Senkaku Islands (which the Chinese call the Diaoyu Islands), a chain claimed by China, Japan, and Taiwan. ...

Many Players at the Asian Poker Table - Siagian & Bayuni, Jakarta Post

The contest for primacy in Asia is turning into a high-stakes poker game, but one in which several different styles are at play. While China keeps all five cards close to its chest...

North Korea's Asian Charm Offensive - Steven Borowiec, Asia Times

If a string of diplomatic visits is any indication, North Korea and a number of countries in Southeast Asia are workin...

Economic Nationalism Rises in Indonesia - John Berthelsen, Yale Global

  Singapore-based DBS Holdings Group announced in April it would pay US$7.2 billion to take over Bank Danamon, Indonesia's sixth-biggest bank. Only three weeks later Bank Indonesi...

Who Will Rise to the Top in a Leaderless World? - Ian Bremmer, HBR Blog

The old order, call it a U.S.-led G7 world, no longer reflects the true international balance of power. But there is not yet a new order to take its place. That's why global mark...

Indonesia No Model for Muslim Democracy - Andreas Harsono, NY Times

Although the government has cracked down on Jemaah Islamiyah, an Al Qaeda affiliate that has bombed hotels, bars and embassies, it has not intervened to stop other Islamist milit...

Jakarta's Dragon Is Beginning to Roar - Greg Sheridan, The Australian

IT was the week of going gaga in Jakarta. Lady Gaga, to be precise. In what was perhaps a shrewd effort to win the support of Western cultural conservatives on purely aesthetic gro...

U.S. Foreign Policy, Brought to You by ExxonMobil - Steve Coll, Salon

When Indonesian rebels threatened ExxonMobil gas fields, the Bush administration brought the heat....

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