Can the US President Act Like an Adult on his Asia Swing?

Good diplomacy doesn't make waves. Diplomats seek to achieve their nation's objectives by means short of war. In the modern era, they coordinate activities intended to enmesh other nations in a web of relationships that's so mutually profitable, so central to ...

The Question of West Papuan Independence

West Papua became the 26th province of Indonesia in 1969, after the so-called “Act of Free Choice” sponsored by the United Nations saw the transfer of official administration of the territory from the Netherlan...

A River of Donor Money Into Cambodia Does No Good

As the Cambodian government inches closer to obliterating the opposition, one key question remains to be answered: Why did billions of dollars of aid pumped into the country by international donors fail to generate an accountable system of governance? That que...

Corruption: Part 5, Indonesia’s Palm Oil Scandal

To the handful of observers who were aware of what Darwan had done, it was clear that he had abused his office to make money for his family, while inflicting considerable harm on the people he was elected to serve. The KPK investigators circled around the case for years, so why didn’t they pounce?

Indonesia’s Media: Disturbing Lack of Legitimacy

An Indonesian graduate student in the Netherlands named Dwi Hartanto has ignited a scandal at home by calling himself an aerospace expert with myriad achievements in rocket technology, satellites and combat air...