Indonesia

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Megawati Says She’s Still the Boss

Megawati Sukarnoputri, the venerable chairwoman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), threw a spanner into the campaign of her party’s nominee for the presidency, saying Jakarta Gov. Joko “Jok...
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Indonesia’s Jokowi Joins Up with Golkar

The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P, shocked by April 9 legislative election results, on Tuesday joined forces with Golkar, the country’s second biggest political party. That erects a major ro...
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Mr. Obama’s Asian Vacation

US President Barack Obama ended his four-nation tour of Asia last week, insisting, yet again, that the US is not out to confront China. “Our goal is not to contain China,” he said at a press conference in Manil...
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Indonesia Draws a Line in the Sea

The littoral nations of the South China Sea appear to be closing ranks against China’s territorial claims to 90 percent of the sea. With China pressing its approach through its nine-dash line on its maps and pa...
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Jokowi’s Party Fails to Overwhelm

The results of Indonesia’s legislative elections on Wednesday are a setback for those who hoped that Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo would be swept to the presidency off the back of a dominant performance...
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Indonesia: Southeast Asia’s Natural Leader?

For the first time in the 45-year history of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, at the summit held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a joint statement was not issued. At the heart of this were the South China S...
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Jokowi Gets the Nod to Run for President of Indonesia

With Indonesia’s election season just getting underway, Jakarta Governor  Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was named the standard bearer of his political party on Friday, instantly becoming the front runner for president i...
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Jakarta Governor’s Cleanup Campaign

What Jakarta’s governor, Joko Widodo, is doing to clean up the sprawling, vice-ridden city he inherited from a luckless ally of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono demonstrates an intriguing contrast to the clea...
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Pot Outrage Trumps Indonesian Terrorism

On April 14, 2003, Abu Bakar Bashir, who is widely considered to be the godfather of jihadi violence in Indonesia, was formally charged by the Indonesian government with treason and a spate of other offenses re...