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Philippine journalist Maria Ressa speaks during a press conference after attending the court's verdict promulgation in Manila on June 15, 2020. - Ressa was convicted on June 15 of cyber libel and sentenced to prison in a case that watchdogs say marks a dangerous erosion of press freedom under President Rodrigo Duterte.
Insight: Are democracies equipped to handle fast-moving economic crises?
Opinion

Insight: Are democracies equipped to handle fast-moving economic crises?

Freedom House noted in March 2020 that we are entering the 14th year of consecutive decline in the health of democracy globally. Tracking the fate of the “third wave democracies”, Mainwaring and Bizzarro found that of the 91 democracies that emerged from 1974 to 2012, 34 experienced democratic breakdowns, while the quality of democratic practices stagnated in about 28 countries.

8 months ago
Opinion

Insight: Pandemic policing lessons from India

India has been in nationwide lockdown since March 24 as a preventive measure against COVID-19. There are plenty of lessons Indonesia can draw from India, from the economics of lockdown to boosting an underwhelming healthcare system in an emergency.

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: Don’t forget the middle class in social protection programs

In particular, Indonesia needs to further increase the number of people who can receive government assistance – and identify these people in new ways – as the COVID-19 economic shock affects members of the middle class.

1 year ago

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Opinion

Insight: Are democracies equipped to handle fast-moving economic crises?

Freedom House noted in March 2020 that we are entering the 14th year of consecutive decline in the health of democracy globally. Tracking the fate of the “third wave democracies”, Mainwaring and Bizzarro found that of the 91 democracies that emerged from 1974 to 2012, 34 experienced democratic breakdowns, while the quality of democratic practices stagnated in about 28 countries.

8 months ago
Opinion

Insight: The future of China-US relations

China-US relations are currently the most important issue, as global order can only be established through an orderly and productive relationship between China and the US. Neither country will be able to realize its true full potential if opposition by the other impedes progress.

9 months ago
Opinion

Insight: America’s unholy crusade against China

Many white Christian evangelicals in the United States have long believed that America has a God-given mission to save the world. Under the influence of this crusading mentality, US foreign policy has often swerved from diplomacy to war. It is in danger of doing so again.

9 months ago
Opinion

Insight: Pandemic policing lessons from India

India has been in nationwide lockdown since March 24 as a preventive measure against COVID-19. There are plenty of lessons Indonesia can draw from India, from the economics of lockdown to boosting an underwhelming healthcare system in an emergency.

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: Don’t forget the middle class in social protection programs

In particular, Indonesia needs to further increase the number of people who can receive government assistance – and identify these people in new ways – as the COVID-19 economic shock affects members of the middle class.

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: Work hand-in-hand for a new era of China-Indonesia friendship

A friend in need is a friend indeed. Our action once again testifies to our profound friendship of solidarity and mutual assistance in times of adversity.

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: COVID-19 response ignores social context at our peril

People’s habits are accommodated to make isolation more livable and therefore easier to adhere to. However, initial attempts to keep open coffee shops for the morning ritual of espresso had to be reconsidered as distance could not be guaranteed. 

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: High time for SMP/SMA Inpres to transform Indonesian education

The widening gulf between the rich and poor, partly due to unequal educational outcomes, is a genuine threat to Indonesia’s young democracy.

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: Starting new chapter in EU-UK relations

Under this agreement, the EU and the UK agreed on a transition period, until the end of 2020 at least, during which the UK will continue to participate in the EU’s customs union and single market, and to apply EU law, even if it is no longer a member state.

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: Indonesia needs new strategy to deal with China

The latest encroachment on Indonesian waters by Chinese fishing vessels and the Chinese coast guard several days ago highlights a fundamental reality: China could ignore Indonesia’s interests and concerns because it can.

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: The year the KPK was destroyed — and realism for the anticorruption struggle

If we want the diversity of interests to be governed democratically as an order, politics — instead of tyranny — makes up our human condition. Diversity of interests makes the adversarial nature of politics inescapable. An irony torments our wish; in politics, nothing prevents us from setbacks or decay despite our best efforts. This is what happened in the KPK Law revision.

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: Attacks on evidence, trust and truth wreak havoc on global health

Health systems in low and low middle-income countries (LMICs) struggle to deliver quality health care because of limited resources, poor infrastructure and a failure to use evidence wherever possible.

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: RCEP is about ASEAN’s initiative, not China’s

Apart from increasing its security cooperation and bilateral economic relations, Japan seems to view India’s participation in the RCEP as a means to counter China’s regional dominance.

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: How do we know a successful defense minister when we see one?

The defense minister has essentially four overlapping roles: chief defense bureaucrat, chief adviser to the President on national defense, chief civilian representative of the military and chief defense diplomat. For each role, we can further assess whether he spends more of his time, energy, and capital on processes or outcomes.

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: Realizing partnership for peace, prosperity for people

ASEAN is the world’s youngest and most dynamic economic community. To transform its infinite potential into sustainable prosperity, it is crucial to increase connectivity in the region and cooperate in high-tech industries.

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: Creating new Papuan provinces without political participation will only add to conflict

A government of this day and age should not be imposing a patronizing political culture under which Papuans are not considered citizens who are aware of the political system, who are able to participate in politics.

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: A national imperative: Lowering child mortality rate in Indonesia

Indonesia has seen remarkable health improvements over the past three decades, especially in the areas of prevention and treatment of childhood diseases. But it is imperative that we now work to close remaining gaps in health inequity to help ensure that all babies born today can live well past 2024 and grow into healthy and productive adults.

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: Biodiversity, culture key to food sovereignty

The challenge is how to convince ministers that infrastructure is not only for humans but also for animals and their ecosystems. How to convince President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo that the construction of the Sumatra toll road should not obstruct the routes of the Sumatran elephant and rhino migration or their habitats?

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: Frontier technologies pathway for prosperity

The current wave of technological change is unique in terms of the breadth of its scope and the pace of change. However, will the digital age benefit the world’s poorest people? With 3 billion people predicted to be offline still in 2023 and with many more failing to reap the internet’s full potential, the time to address digital exclusion is now.

1 year ago
Opinion

Insight: The danger of lame ducks rushing all those laws

Considering many Indonesians consider the key performance indicator of the House is how many laws it passes, the quality of those laws too often ends up as a secondary consideration.

1 year ago