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Asia’s New Normal: Curbing Press Freedom
When it comes to press freedom in Asia, the ‘new normal’ increasingly looks a lot like the past. Veteran correspondent and journalism professor, Keith B. Richburg, surveys the state of the media in the region and finds a familiar picture – the return of tactics used in a previous era of authoritarian regimes to control the message.
Flying Blind: Indonesia Grapples to Respond to COVID-19
Indonesia faces among the greatest challenges of any country in the Indo-Pacific in controlling COVID-19 and managing its consequences for the economy and society. But as Asialink senior adviser Donald Greenlees writes, one of the big problems facing authorities is obtaining a reliable picture on which to base decisions.
Why International Institutions Matter: (And How They Are Letting Us Down)
Like the United States, Indonesia’s response to the pandemic has been lax, says Jusuf Wanandi, former Secretary of the Indonesian Supreme Advisory Council. Moreover, he argues regional cooperation is lacking – and the prospects for renewal are not strong.
The Ahok Show Trial and Indonesia’s Politicisation of Religion
Lawyer Daniel Peterson examines the legacy of the Ahok trial for Indonesian democracy and raises fundamental questions over how Indonesia's secular political elites deal with political Islam in the world's biggest Islamic country.
COVID-19: Australia and Indonesia's Middle Power Moment
As the world contends with COVID-19, Indonesia and Australia have an opportunity to establish deeper ties and cooperation on matters of mutual concern.