Defending Indonesia: A forward strategy

Last January, the Defense Ministry issued a state defense policy that is still anchored in the 2009-2024 defense strategy and posture development, released in 2008. However, such a policy will be meaningless if the ministry fails to reexamine and

Defending Indonesia: A forward strategy

Arguing for difference on indifferent council

This is Indonesia’s second year sitting as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), raising the question as to whether Indonesia has made a difference on the council. If Indonesia has yet to make its mark, perhaps this

China’s reliance on hard power and Middle Kingdom trap

Observers monitoring the tense standoff between India and China the world over, do not see the military build-up between the two nuclear powers in Ladakh in isolation.In a cyber-connected globe, simmering tensions in the Ladakh and Karakoram range

China’s reliance on hard power and Middle Kingdom trap

Is it true that heaven is under a mother’s feet?

Indonesians are familiar with a proverb that goes “surga di bawah telapak kaki ibu” (heaven is under a mother’s feet), which implies that a mother has a very high position in a family and in society and we should love, care a

Is it true that heaven is under a mother’s feet?

Maintaining the momentum of achieving SDG targets post-COVID-19

Today we are facing an implausible pandemic that has affected the lives of the entire population. The economy is slowing, if not stagnating; it is like an invisible hand suddenly pressing the pause button.The pandemic has also put the Sustainable D

A long note: HIV treatment for children in Indonesia

It was almost midday in October last year, we arrived in front of the house of Eka, a child living with HIV. Tears burst from Eka’s mother as soon as I hugged her. It was challenging for me, as Eka was one of the first children enrolled with L

BI needs exit strategy in burden sharing

The government and Bank Indonesia (BI) have agreed to share the fiscal burden of mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and financing the economic recovery. BI will bear the interest cost of Rp 397.56 trillion (US$27.41 billion) in debt for

To buy or not to buy: Tech transfer is the answer for Typhoons

The Defense Ministry’s plan to buy 15 second-hand Eurofighter Typhoons from Austria may provide a two-pronged benefit to Indonesia. Not only will the jet fighters increase the country’s military capabilities and deterrence, they will als

Optimizing Indonesia‘s economic diplomacy

One of the main priorities of Indonesia's foreign policy today is economic diplomacy and its objective is to increase the value of trade and investment, which will eventually increase Indonesia's economic growth.In its efforts to achieve th

Lawyers and the fight against ethical ambiguity

In a democratic society, everybody has a right to a fair trial and people have a right to counsel. The state will allow them to have a lawyer if they can find one they can afford. Every suspected terrorist, mass murderer or corrupt official needs a

Lawyers and the fight against ethical ambiguity