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Three years under Jokowi: Keeping the nose to the grindstone

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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 20, 2017   /  09:11 am
Three years under Jokowi: Keeping the nose to the grindstone President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inaugurates a hanging bridge. (Courtesy of the Presidential Office/file)

In its third year, the Jokowi administration has achieved much. But there’s a lot of work left. What lessons have we learned, and how can we apply them to the remainder of the term? Three years ago, I said that the new government should come up with a bold plan and action. Instead, we saw a burst of activity, all with good intentions. But some were not based on careful plans. So, there were some early setbacks. General Patton said: “A good plan executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” But in the end, he did not win the war in Europe. That took the longer view of the less flashy General Eisenhower. We will see how some policies could have been better with a good design. Forced and unforced errors: This is an example of not being sensitive enough to changing circumstances. The new government made a bold move in late 2014 to cut the waste...

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