Indonesia Is Quietly Warming Up to China
Once inching toward war, the Asian giants are getting closer—while Washington seems unserious and disengaged.
The Glitch That Ruined Blinken’s ASEAN Debut
The top U.S. diplomat’s first meeting with Southeast Asian ministers was thwarted for a very relatable reason.
The Dutch Are Uncomfortable With Being History’s Villains, Not Victims
A refusal to confront colonial atrocities persists in the Netherlands.
Black Lives Matter in Indonesia, Too
American protests are inspiring Indonesians to tackle racism against Papuans.
The Pandemic Has Given Armies in Southeast Asia a Boost
In Indonesia and the Philippines, military leaders are managing the coronavirus response—with lasting political repercussions.
Coronavirus ‘Fake News’ Arrests Are Quieting Critics
In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.
Don’t Let China Steal Your Steel Industry
Beijing is rapidly becoming the dominant player in an industry vital to defense and technology companies. If the United States and Europe aren’t careful, they will become dependent.
What Democracy Will Fall Next?
Hungary was the first democratic victim of the coronavirus. It may not be the last.
Indonesians Fear Democracy Is the Next Pandemic Victim
A comprehensive new bill claims to be about business challenges but dangerously strengthens executive power.
The End of Emerging Markets?
Economies such as Brazil, Indonesia, India, Russia, and Turkey face a daunting new reality.
Indonesian Screening May Be Missing Virus Carriers
The popular tourist destination has had no coronavirus cases. Is that good luck—or bad testing?
Wuhan Virus Boosts Indonesian Anti-Chinese Conspiracies
Wild claims of Chinese plots are spreading fast on social media.
Jokowi Offers Prabowo a Piece of the Pie
The new Indonesian defense minister is a threat to the president—and democracy.
Indonesia’s Activists Are Ready to Fight Together
Coalitions are forming in the face of threats to democracy and pluralism.
Protests Against Joko Widodo Rock Indonesia
In the largest student uprising in decades, former supporters of the president are now questioning his commitment to reform.
For the Poor, Falling Poverty Numbers Aren’t Always Good News
Chronic poverty may be on the decline, but too many families still face cyclical poverty.
Indonesia Floats Yet Another Plan to Move Its Sinking Capital
Big plans to relocate from Jakarta keep disappearing into nothing. Will this time be different?