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July 22, 2014

Politics and Government
Jokowi-Indonesia-President Hello, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo: President of Indonesia

Sometimes sure things turn out not to be so sure. Just ask Joko Widodo, who is better known to his fellow Indonesians as “Jokowi.” At the start of 2014 he was expected to win Indonesia’s presidential…

October 15, 2015

Asia
jokowi-visit President Widodo Comes to Washington

On October 26, Indonesian President Joko Widodo will arrive in Washington for his first U.S. visit as leader of the largest country in Southeast Asia. In advance of and during the visit, Obama admini…

February 20, 2018

Southeast Asia
Pence_Widodo_4.20.2017 Shifting U.S.-Indonesia Relations to a Transactional Approach

The U.S.-Indonesia relationship has often disappointed. It’s time to rethink U.S.-Indonesia ties and try to achieve real security goals, rather than make bold plans for cooperation that never come to…

December 28, 2017

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_12.3.2017 Events in Southeast Asia to Watch in 2018

Part One Southeast Asia, like many parts of the world, had a turbulent 2017, with many of the biggest challenges related to a rollback in rights and democracy, and the strength of populism in the …

September 5, 2017

Southeast Asia
Duterte speech_8.9.2017 Just When You Thought Southeast Asia’s Democratic Regression Couldn’t Get Any Worse …

Part One Over the past five years, as I have documented in a number of books, articles, and policy papers, Southeast Asia, once seen as a potential model of democratic transition, has regressed ba…

June 1, 2017

Indonesia
Ahok trial_5.9.2017 Is Indonesia, Once a Democratic Model, on the Road to Strongman Rule?

One year ago, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known by his nickname, Ahok, was riding high. The governor of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia and largest city, was widely popular, both for policies like crac…

April 19, 2017

Indonesia
Jakarta Election Signals Erosion of Religious Tolerance

The rise of hard-line identity politics at the center of Jakarta’s gubernatorial election raises questions about Indonesia’s reputation for tolerance.

March 2, 2017

China
FONOPs Curtis Wilbur South China Sea Navy Will Australia Join South China Sea FONOPs? Don’t Count on It

Professor James Laurenceson is Deputy Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney. News last month that a U.S. Navy carrier strike group had mov…

February 17, 2017

Russia
India Satellite Launch 104 space India’s Space Program, Kim Jong-nam’s Assassination, Jakarta’s Elections, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Larry Hong, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. India’s space program shoots for the stars. This Wednesday, the Indian Space …

November 18, 2016

China
rohingya-children Rakhine Lockdown, Hong Kong Disqualifications, Choigate, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Rohingyas suffer under Rakhine lockdown. Myanmar’s Rakhine State, home to roughly 1.1 mil…