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‘Strategic funnels’: deciphering Indonesia’s submarine ambitions
Historical experience, archipelagic geography, and strategic imperative make submarines a critical asset for Indonesia’s naval defence in spite of financial and other constraints. Overambitious submarine projects, however, ...
Two Years Under Jokowi – Jokowi’s Power Consolidation: At What Cost?
Starting weak, over the course of two years, Indonesia’s seventh president Joko Widodo (Jokowi), has been able to solidify his power. This victory, however, has come at several costs.
Najib’s Mother of All Budgets: Gearing Up For 14th General Election
The Najib government’s Budget for 2018 is widely seen as a feel-good package geared for the upcoming general election. This contrasts with the opposition coalition’s emphasis on good governance in its Alternative Budget. ...
Hadi Tjahjanto : Who is TNI’s New Chief?
The new Indonesian Armed Forces Commander, Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, created waves when he reversed the reshuffle of the military top brass initiated by his predecessor, General Gatot Nurmantyo. Who is Indonesia’s ...
Road To Low-Carbon ASEAN Community
Adopting energy efficiency, investing in renewables and building capabilities on nuclear energy safety may be crucial for Southeast Asia to realise a low-carbon ASEAN Community consistent with the goals of the Paris Climate ...
Remembering SR Nathan: The MFA Years
Working with and under SR Nathan as a diplomat – rising from recruit to ambassador - was an experience never to be forgotten. He was MFA’s institution builder, task master and guru to many who survived his tutelage.
From Brazil to Singapore: Containing Zika in Southeast Asia
On 13 May 2016, Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environmental Agency (NEA) reported Singapore’s first imported case of the Zika virus. Although the case of patient zero is likely to be a one-off ...
Myanmar's China policy shift: preparing for ASEAN chair?
As Myanmar prepares to take over the ASEAN Chair in 2014, it appears to be rebalancing its ties with China. What lies behind this shift and what does it mean for ASEAN?
Indonesia’s Maritime Ambition: Can Jokowi Realise It?
To realise his vision of a ‘global maritime fulcrum’, Indonesian president Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo needs to solve the tricky problem of coordinating Indonesia’s sprawling maritime security domain. He will need to overcome ...
Aspiring regional power: Indonesian foreign policy under next president
Whether it is Prabowo Subianto or Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s next president will have to deal with an increasingly assertive China. Tensions in the South China Sea will be his first major test.