Indonesia – a country of disappointments.
Ben Bland shows even pessimists can be gulled by Joko Widodo’s charms, according to John West.
Book Review: The Road: Uprising in West Papua
The people of West Papua, Indonesia have been sold down the river by international politics. They are now fighting ever more ferociously for their independence.
Book Review: The deadly legacy of the Cold War in the modern world
The anti-communist purge in Indonesia in the 1960s is retold in a compelling examination of US Cold War policy, writes John West.
Vietnam's Success in Containing COVID-19
Vietnam's Success in Containing COVID-19 Offers Roadmap for Other Developing Countries according to the IMF
Thailand -- the land of smiles
Thailand is an unusual country in many ways, and it is worth examining some of its attributes, what makes it special, and why it is an endearing and appealing country, writes Glen Robinson.
Corruption in Southeast Asia
Corruption is an emotive word which can mean different things to different people, argues Glen Robinson..
Philippine Economy in the Asian Century
John West argues that the Philippines now has great potential to become one of the success stories of the Asian Century, especially if it draws some lessons from its neighbours.
Political Islam in Indonesia
Political Islam is on the rise in Indonesia, writes John West.
Indonesia in the Asian Century
Indonesia has great potential, but it is burdened by an oligarchic democracy, and other political and social hurdles, which makes it very difficult to realize this potential writes John West.
Indonesia -- what the experts say
Here are some views of experts at the recent Australia-Indonesia Business Council conference.
Measles immunisation plummeting in Indonesia
Indonesian ‘vaccine fatwa’ sends measles immunization rates plummeting, reports John West.
Indonesia's diabetes challenge
Indonesia is increasingly afflicted with first-world problems like diabetes, long before it could ever become a first world country, writes John West.
Indonesia has one of Asia's most unequal societies, and it is costing the country dearly, writes John West.
Indonesia's stunting crisis
Indonesia needs to be more ambitious in tackling its stunting crisis, writes John West.
Indonesia is wasting its energy future
Indonesia is squandering its energy future writes John West.
Indonesians -- where do they live?
Indonesia's enormous population of 262 million people is mainly concentrated in Java, and today is increasingly clustered in cities and towns, writes John West.
Indonesia’s tourism -- hooked on Bali!
John West discusses Indonesia’s ambitious plans for international tourism.
Indonesia needs structural and taxation reforms
Indonesia is in desperate need of deep structural and taxation reforms for its continued economic development, writes John West.
In defense of Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew’s book “From Third World to First” provides a credible defense of Lee’s strategy for Singapore. But its future could be more problematic than it seemed 50 years ago, writes John West.
Duterte’s populist pivot away from the United States may not last, argues John West.
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