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.
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 […]
12:07 am October 28, 2014 | No Comment
Joko has inherited unfinished business from Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The most critical task of all is the ballooning fuel subsidy that has limited the nation’s capacity to finance other, much more important projects, such as infrastructure, health care and education.
1:02 am October 27, 2014 | No Comment
President Joko Widodo is supposed to pick the most capable ministers that can implement his new — and revolutionary — ideas and programs. But we see a compromise cabinet. It is the definition of politics in its rawest form: Who gets what, when and how.
12:40 am October 24, 2014 | No Comment
President Joko Widodo is having his list of potential ministers vetted by the KPK for very good reasons.
12:03 am October 23, 2014 | No Comment
Joko has made maritime supremacy a cornerstone of his presidency, and a key part of that narrative should be to ensure that Indonesia can defend its maritime borders. And if Wednesday’s meeting is any indication, it seems he is off on the right foot.
12:10 am October 22, 2014 | No Comment
Now that the party is over, it’s time for President Joko Widodo to face political reality. While threats from Prabowo Subianto’s Red-White Coalition is ever present, it’s how he manages division, jealousy and rivalry within his own coalition and party that will define his presidency.
12:08 am October 21, 2014 | No Comment
The way he called his rival Prabowo Subianto in his inauguration speech as his good friend, shows his genuine capability to handle differences and opposition. We believe that most animosity between him and Prabowo was dispersed that very moment. Joko has begun the era of openness and an age of innocence in Indonesia.
12:15 am October 20, 2014 | No Comment
In this corrupt corner of the world, what more could we ask from a leader? Joko has everything worth celebrating to make his presidency a success. But every celebration must end, sooner or later. It’s time to face reality: Joko’s administration faces mounting challenges — and they will test him.