12:50 am October 31, 2014 | No Comment
Lukman Hakim Saifuddin has only been in office since June, when he took over from his corruption-tainted party chairman Suryadharma Ali, but has proved to be more embracing of religious diversity than his predecessor ever was.
8:00 am October 30, 2014 | No Comment
Over just three years, Myanmar introduced ambitious reforms that put it on track to become a modern economy. Against a backdrop of ongoing political challenges, it remains an extraordinary and hopeful reform period. But bigger challenges lie ahead. To avoid backtracking — and realize its full potential — Myanmar needs to accelerate reform momentum.
7:55 am October 30, 2014 | No Comment
One small island, Fonadhoo, in the Maldives, is testing an idea that is connecting the dots to generate dialogue between residents and their municipality. The concept is called Make-My-Island. It draws inspiration from two ideas.
7:40 am October 30, 2014 | No Comment
Last week saw the death of Gough Whitlam, a former prime minister of Australia who sought to change his country in ways none of his predecessors or even successors did. Now largely remembered for the 1975 constitutional crisis, which ended with his dismissal from office, his triumphs and failures while in power may yet yield valuable lessons for Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who like Whitlam before him promised to reshape the destiny of his country.
12:50 am October 30, 2014 | No Comment
Gone is the era of Indonesia trying to be nice to everybody, as expressed in former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s slogan “zero enemies, thousands friends.” The credo now is foreign policy must serve domestic needs. Diplomacy is the extension of national interests.
8:10 am October 29, 2014 | No Comment
President Joko Widodo’s choice of Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudito to succeed Marty as foreign minister is a break from tradition.
10:45 pm October 28, 2014 | No Comment
There is at least one highlight of Joko Widodo’s cabinet: it has the most female ministers ever. With eight women occupying more than just gimmick posts, the new cabinet stands out as the most pro-gender equality symbol in the history of Indonesia. For example, Puan Maharani is the coordinating minister for human resource development and […]
8:11 pm October 28, 2014 | No Comment
Overall, the Jakarta marathon was a good experience. At least until I became aware of the results.
7:30 pm October 28, 2014 | No Comment
The Sino-Japanese detente — if indeed it materializes — is made possible by Tokyo’s acknowledgement that there is a maritime dispute in the first place.
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