12:10 am October 22, 2014 | No Comment
Now that the party is over, it’s time for President Joko Widodo to face political reality. While threats from Prabowo Subianto’s Red-White Coalition is ever present, it’s how he manages division, jealousy and rivalry within his own coalition and party that will define his presidency.
9:48 pm October 21, 2014 | No Comment
Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono’s article in the Jakarta Globe newspaper on Oct. 20, 2014, about the success of Indonesia’s foreign policy under his father, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, can be interpreted as defending his father’s 10-year legacy in foreign policy.
8:45 pm October 21, 2014 | No Comment
Personally, I think the goodwill and energy directed toward Jokowi by ordinary Indonesians, despite his slim victory margin in the polls, might just prove more powerful capital for him than the huge mandate given to former Yudhoyono when he was elected.
10:35 am October 21, 2014 | No Comment
Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla took their oaths as Indonesia’s president and vice president on Monday. However, there is a number of crucial national tasks — such as in economics, politics and law, which need to be urgently resolved following the inauguration.
12:08 am October 21, 2014 | No Comment
The way he called his rival Prabowo Subianto in his inauguration speech as his good friend, shows his genuine capability to handle differences and opposition. We believe that most animosity between him and Prabowo was dispersed that very moment. Joko has begun the era of openness and an age of innocence in Indonesia.
9:30 pm October 20, 2014 | No Comment
As Joko Widodo assumes the presidency, there are many issues competing for his attention. One of the most urgent is reviving the country’s sluggish rate of economic growth, which has sunk below 6 percent a year, low by historic standards and that of other developing countries.
12:35 am October 20, 2014 | No Comment
Strategically, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has put effort into making it easy for Joko Widodo to establish Indonesia’s foreign policy credentials until now. Joko does not have to deal with the daunting task of building a foundation for Indonesia’s bargaining position internationally.
12:15 am October 20, 2014 | No Comment
In this corrupt corner of the world, what more could we ask from a leader? Joko has everything worth celebrating to make his presidency a success. But every celebration must end, sooner or later. It’s time to face reality: Joko’s administration faces mounting challenges — and they will test him.
9:50 pm October 19, 2014 | No Comment
A coordinating maritime affairs ministry for is not a bad idea at all, since its task is to coordinate the policies of certain ministries, which very much relate to maritime affairs. But the problems may arise when it comes to the question of which ministries should resort under a coordinating ministry for maritime affairs.