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Indonesia restores military ties with Australia after latest neighbourly dispute

The Conversation Global | Posted 01.08.2017 | Politics
The Conversation Global

Indonesian military Chief Gatot Nurmantyo talks to reporters in the Indonesian capitals Jakarta on January 5. Beawiharta/Reuters Yohanes Sulaiman, Un...

Indonesia Executes 4 People Convicted Of Drug Crimes

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.28.2016 | World

UPDATE: Indonesia executed four convicted drug offenders by firing squad just before 1 a.m. Friday. The state killings were the first in the country i...

Papua is Not Indonesia's Palestine

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 06.09.2016 | World
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Last month, the Free Papua Movement held a meeting in London, attended by a number of lawyers, parliamentarians, and activists. In the main, the meeti...

The Folly Of Philippines' Autocratic Nostalgia

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 04.28.2017 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

MANILA, Philippines -- "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion," Edmund Burke, the great 18th century conservative thinker, once warned. Today, a specter is hunting the democratic world -- the specter of autocratic nostalgia.

A Dangerous Game of Military Politics in Indonesia

Stanley Weiss | Posted 12.14.2016 | World
Stanley Weiss

"There is no nice way to say this," he told Jokowi. "You are not presidential material, and your political influence is very low.

Why Is Obama's Meeting with Indonesian President Important?

John Sifton | Posted 10.26.2016 | World
John Sifton

Indonesia doesn't often get the attention it deserves, but it is a key country with major links to the United States. It's in the G7, and millions of its citizens or former citizens live in the U.uS.

Obama to Host President of World's Biggest Climate Backslider

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 10.25.2016 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

When Indonesian President Joko Widodo visits Washington this week, President Obama will be playing host to a world leader whose government is seemingly doing everything it can to launch itself as quickly as possible into the top ranks of climate polluters.

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: China's Trojan Horse?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.02.2016 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

Clearly, the Philippines continues to see the AIIB as some kind of Chinese Trojan horse to buy the loyalty of neighbors and some measure of territorial acquiescence in exchange for economic carrots. Manila is also not comfortable with China having huge presence in its strategic, infrastructure sectors.

The Global Deal: A New Economic Consensus

Sabina Dewan | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

Underneath the rumble of political debates, the tender shoots of a new global consensus around commonsense, practical and progressive economics are emerging. It's what Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven calls the Global Deal -- a new compromise between capital and labor that would ensure shared prosperity by putting jobs at the center of global macroeconomic policy.

Indonesia: On Track for a Strong Recovery

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Stephen P. Groff

The recent election that brought President Joko Widodo to power has taken Indonesia's democracy to a new level. Popularly known as Jokowi, the new president is seen as a man of the people. This image, coupled with his pragmatic reform programs, has made him immensely popular in Indonesia.

Indonesia's New President Should Use His Popularity To Push Through These 3 Policies

Elizabeth Pisani | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Elizabeth Pisani

Jokowi should take advantage of the current surge of optimism and popularity to push through difficult policies quickly, taking advantage of urban Indonesians' obsession with social media to take the debate out of the bubble blown by Jakarta's political elite.

What Jokowi Can Learn From Obama

Stanley Weiss | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

While candidates who run as outsiders are often reluctant to welcome insiders, the kind of systemic change that Jokowi aspires to requires an understanding of the current system.

The Betrayal at the Heart of Prabowo's Challenge

Stanley Weiss | Posted 09.27.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

It's time for him to go to work in Parliament, lead the opposition, and prove to the electorate that he is every bit the thoughtful, experienced, and deeply idealistic leader that his strongest supporters know him to be -- and that Indonesia needs him to be.

Manifest Delusion: Debunking American Exceptionalism to Protect Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

As a country, we have continued to lose standing throughout the world as a legitimate voice for human rights, as a responsible member of a community of nations, as an arbiter of peace, or as a party protective of the planet. We have seen our standing reduced from a beacon of freedom to a beacon of financial self-interest.

What Jokowi's Apparent Win Means for Indonesia

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

At age 53, the reformist Jakarta governor, Joko Widodo -- or 'Jokowi' -- is very likely to become Indonesia's next president.

Indonesian Politics: Where's the Party?

Rio Helmi | Posted 10.02.2012 | World
Rio Helmi

Though many individual Indonesian voters, eager to get the country back on track, may see his decisiveness as their best bet amongst a field of questionable candidates, and are therefore in a forgiving mode, Prabowo needs to remember that he needs the parties to forgive him as well.