Can Indonesia be a World Pilot Project for Tax Amnesty?

The initial goal of the tax amnesty program under Indonesian President Joko Jokowi’s administration is the repatriation of funds from tax havens abroad. It mainly targets the taxes avoided by … Continue reading Can Indonesia be a World Pilot Project for Tax Amnesty?

Saudi Arabia’s influence in Southeast Asia – too embedded to be disrupted?

The revelation of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder inside the Saudi Arabia embassy in Turkey is harming Saudi Arabia’s international relations, including with Muslim majority Southeast Asian countries Malaysia and Indonesia. Malaysian … Continue reading Saudi Arabia’s influence in Southeast Asia – too embedded to be disrupted?

How Powerful is Ethno-Religious Populism in Indonesia and Malaysia?

A political strategy of mobilising those feeling increasingly insecure due to a perceived side-lining of religion and ethnicity is occurring in Malaysia and Indonesia. Centred on opposition to ‘others’, it … Continue reading How Powerful is Ethno-Religious Populism in Indonesia and Malaysia?

Motives Behind of the North and South Korea Peace Pact

The peace pact between the North and South Korea in 27th April 2018 was a historical moment for the Koreans after 65 years of civil war. It also sparks new hope for … Continue reading Motives Behind of the North and South Korea Peace Pact

Why Indonesia Should Resist ASEAN Integrated Union?

Opinion: Asmiati Malik As the political, economic interest emerges from Malaysia and Singapore as export-oriented countries to establish stronger cooperation within ASEAN countries into the ASEAN Union, Indonesia still strongly … Continue reading Why Indonesia Should Resist ASEAN Integrated Union?

Education and its Problems in Indonesia

Illustration, Photo source: mahdaen.tv Opinion: Asmiati Malik After almost eight decades enjoying the freedom from colonisation yet the face of education development in Indonesia is still far below expectation. Even within … Continue reading Education and its Problems in Indonesia

Should Indonesia Resist ASEAN Union?

As the political, economic interest emerges from Malaysia and Singapore as export-oriented countries to establish stronger cooperation within ASEAN countries into the ASEAN Union, Indonesia still strongly resists the temptation. … Continue reading Should Indonesia Resist ASEAN Union?

Managing Indonesia’s Digital Transformation

A lot of work has to be done for the country before it can compete shoulder-to-shoulder with other countries in the digital era The very first industrial revolution sparked in … Continue reading Managing Indonesia’s Digital Transformation

Saudi Arabian Relations Under Strain in Southeast Asia

Saudi Arabia’s foreign relationships, particularly in the West, are coming under intense pressure in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Malaysia and Indonesia’s responses have been relatively muted in … Continue reading Saudi Arabian Relations Under Strain in Southeast Asia

Not so clueless about Papua: An academic’s call for more research on Papua

Most people, including me, often perceive that Papua, Indonesia’s eastern most region, is one of the most underdeveloped and dangerous islands in the archipelago. This is the result of a development policy … Continue reading Not so clueless about Papua: An academic’s call for more research on Papua