Commentary

What the “Ten New Balis” Could Mean for Eastern Indonesia and Australia

What the “Ten New Balis” Could Mean for Eastern Indonesia and Australia

June 6, 2018 By Richard Mathews

On my travels around the eastern provinces of Indonesia I am often asked by Governors, Bupatis and business people, “what can Australia do to help us develop our tourism sector?” All levels of government in Indonesia are promoting tourism with the expectation it will bring progress and prosperity to the long-neglected people of eastern Indonesia. […]

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Australia and Indonesia: Strategic Partners in a Time of Change

Australia and Indonesia: Strategic Partners in a Time of Change

June 4, 2018 By Kyle Springer

Former Foreign Minister Gareth Evans once said, “No two neighbours anywhere in the world are as comprehensively unalike as Australia and Indonesia.” Despite proximity, Canberra and Jakarta may as well be worlds apart but changes need to be made if the countries want to face the future in a strategic way. Change is happening on […]

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Raising Awareness – the Importance of Eastern Indonesia to Australia

Raising Awareness – the Importance of Eastern Indonesia to Australia

May 30, 2018 By Richard Mathews

I spent the month of October 2017 in Australia on my mid-term consultations and leave. It is hard to believe, but I am half-way through my posting: eighteen months of solid work behind us, and another busy eighteen months ahead of us, until the end of our posting to Makassar. I travelled to Perth, Darwin, […]

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Drafting Jakarta’s Ballot Papers

Drafting Jakarta’s Ballot Papers

May 28, 2018 By Australian Institute of International Affairs

It is a year until the next presidential elections will be held in Indonesia and speculation has begun about who will put themselves forward to face the incumbent, Joko Widodo. The answer will shape the coming debate in Australia’s largest neighbour. Indonesia’s democracy is just 20 years old and it is due to hold its […]

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Strong Research Ecosystem Needed To Boost Indonesia’s Economic Competitiveness

Strong Research Ecosystem Needed To Boost Indonesia’s Economic Competitiveness

May 25, 2018 By Knowledge Sector Initiative

Indonesia needs to make a concerted effort to strengthen its research ecosystem – including policy research – to be able to compete with other countries in the region. One key challenge in Indonesia’s research ecosystem is the availability and accessibility of data and research. To help address this, the Indonesia Alliance for Policy Research (ARK), […]

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Countering the rise of radicalism in private Islamic schools in Indonesia

Countering the rise of radicalism in private Islamic schools in Indonesia

May 23, 2018 By Agus Mutohar

Radicalism is spread at schools in Indonesia. But, where do they grow? www.shutterstock.com A series of terrorist acts has rocked Indonesia in the past week. Starting from a clash in a detention centre at the Police Mobile Brigade headquarters in Depok, West Java, last week, attackers then bombed three churches in Surabaya, East Java, last […]

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Australia and Indonesia: More than Good Neighbours

Australia and Indonesia: More than Good Neighbours

May 21, 2018 By Greg Earl

  Indonesia is one of Australia’s closest neighbours. But surprisingly the two countries trade and invest very little with each other. It’s time to make the most of geography and work together to prosper. It is 20 years since Indonesia dumped Soeharto’s New Order, but even now, different perceptions about democracy remain central to the challenges […]

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Adopting bilingual education in Indonesia

Adopting bilingual education in Indonesia

May 18, 2018 By Amirullah Abduh

In an international conference held in Jogjakarta 13 July 2017, one participant from Canada asked a question to me: “How do you cope with people from other countries if you are not bilingual?” My response was being a bilingual is at least one of the goals of education right now. People cannot avoid interacting with […]

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Taking the Australia-Indonesia Relationship to the Next Level

Taking the Australia-Indonesia Relationship to the Next Level

May 14, 2018 By Australian Institute of International Affairs

With links between Canberra and Jakarta shifting towards an economic and strategic partnership, it is a time of disruption and opportunity for the relationship. The outcome will help shape the region. Amid the changing dynamics in the Indo-Pacific, many agree that there is the potential to increase economic, social, political and defence links between Australia […]

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‘Making Indonesia 4.0’ and supporting digital startups is good, but what about the small low-tech entrepreneurs

‘Making Indonesia 4.0’ and supporting digital startups is good, but what about the small low-tech entrepreneurs

May 9, 2018 By Julien Hanoteau & Virginie Vial

As Indonesia pushes to create more digital startups and prepares the manufacturing industry to embrace digital technology, authorities should not forget micro-entrepreneurship. These small household-based businesses account for the bulk of firms, employment and GDP in Indonesia. Micro-entrepreneurship provides a productive source of economic welfare for families, especially the poorest. President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) recently […]

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