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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?

From 212 to 812: Copy and Paste Populism in Indonesia and Malaysia?

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign strategy and Brexit led to increasing concerns of a rising populism and post-truth era in the 21st century. In Southeast Asia, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was first accused of using … Continue reading From 212 to 812: Copy and Paste Populism in Indonesia and Malaysia?

Managing Indonesia’s Digital Transformation

The very first industrial revolution sparked in the 18th century, bringing dramatic changes on the mechanisms of goods and services productions, including through the invention of sewing machines, steam engine, … Continue reading Managing Indonesia’s Digital Transformation

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?

The Larger Context of Indonesia’s Lion Air Tragedy

Lion Air flight number JT-610 crashed into the sea on October 29, just 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta en route to Pangkal Pinang, Bangka Belitung island. Two minutes … Continue reading The Larger Context of Indonesia’s Lion Air Tragedy

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

3 Phases of Corruption: A Reflection of Setya Novanto’s Electronic ID Corruption Case in Indonesia

  Indonesia’s media intensively reports Setya Novanto’s corruption case regarding e-KTP (Electronic Residential IDs) procurement which causes state loss of Rp 2.3 trillion. Numerous shows involving political analyst, a think-tank … Continue reading 3 Phases of Corruption: A Reflection of Setya Novanto’s Electronic ID Corruption Case in Indonesia

Nepotism is bad for the economy but most people underestimate it

Corruption is rampant in Indonesia but so is nepotism, or favouritism granted to family, friends and individuals. Many believe corruption is worse than nepotism.

Literasi dan Emosionalitas Beragama di Indonesia

Menurut data Unesco, Indonesia adalah negara dengan tingkat literasi rendah, berada pada posisi 60, diatas Thailand. Itu berarti minat baca di Indonesia masih sangat rendah. Itu juga tercermin pada index pembangunan manusia yang rendah berada pada posisi 113, sangat jauh dibawah Malaysia yang berada diposisi 59, dan Thailand 87.

Politik Penyangkalan di Indonesia

Kebijakan ekonomi politik di Indonesia sangat identik dengan politik penyangkalan (pintar-pintar ngeles). Politik penyangkalan disini mengacu pada penyangkalan akan pokok permasalahan atau menolak untuk menghadapi (menerima) kenyataan dan mengingkari segala tuduhan yang memiliki dampak politik jangka pendek, sehingga menafikkan dampak jangka panjang.

Mencecah Politik, Agama, dan Terorisme

Terorisme sendiri dalam Bahasa Ingris disebut terrorism yang muncul diabad ke 17 selama masa pemerintahan Faksi Jacobin yang dipimpin oleh Maximilien Robespierre yang berlansung dimasa revolusi Perancis.

Mewaspadai Kenaikan Harga Minyak Dunia

Analist dari Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) memperkirakan harga minyak akan mencapai $100/barel. Itu berarti pukulan telak untuk industri yang sangat bergantung pada pergerakan minyak dunia termasuk salah satunya perusahaan angkutan baik itu darat, udara maupun laut.

Kebangkrutan Ekonomi Venezuela

Venezuela adalah negara yang berada di Amerika Latin dengan ibu kota Caracas. Venezuela berbatasan dengan Columbia, Guyana dan Brazil. Venezuela pernah menganut paham sosialist demokrasi sebelum menganut sosialist otoriter. Akar pemasalahan ini dimulai ketika dimasa pemerintahan Hugo Chavez selama 14 tahun dari 1999 -2013.

Dana Asing Dan Pelemahan Rupiah

Pelemahan Rupiah belakangan ini, tidak bisa dipisahkan dari pengaruh keluarnya dana asing dipasar domestik Indonesia (capital outflow). Ini menyebabkan nilai tukar Rupiah terhadap dolar jadi sempoyongan, sehingga Bank Indonesia harus mengambil langkah kebijakan moneter untuk menaikkan suku bunga dua kali dalam sebulan, yang sebelumnya berada pada basis 4.50% ke angka 4.75%.