Regional Outlook, Global Perspective

By : Julia Suryakusuma Why do we like to mock and bully others?  Psychologists say it’s due to our having low esteem, so it makes us feel “superior” to put people down. According to a recent article in Tribun Jabar, a West Java newspaper, eight out of ten kids in Indonesia have experienced bullying. Bullies as kids, bullies as adults? It certainly points to us being a nation of insecure people.  Sad, as Trump, the biggest bully of them all, would say. But when Ratna Sarumpaet, a... Read more...

By Syafiq Hasyim* Indonesian millennials will determine the direction of the Indonesian presidential election next year due to their significant population size (34%-50%). The presidential candidates who are able to think, absorb and accommodate their aspirations would probably be well placed to win. Indonesia has taken the first step towards the 2019 presidential election by announcing the nominees for presidential and vice presidential candidates on 10 August 2018. The 2019 election is ... Read more...

The partnership between the Indonesian government and the big social media companies to remove violent content online is improving, but extremists are still finding low tech means around high tech blockages. This is the conclusion of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) in its latest report titled Indonesia and the Tech Giants vs ISIS Supporters. The report analyzes the ups and downs of Indonesian government efforts to block the use of social media and encrypted messaging applic... Read more...

          Now that the shock of the horrific suicide bombings in Surabaya and other terrorist attacks last May have subsided, it is probably the right time to revisit the causes that led to them in the first place. Although quite a few suspected terrorists and would-be bombers have subsequently been the target of law enforcers, the past two decades has shown that militants tend to lie low before striking again. To its credit, the government has acted quickly to discover what lay beh... Read more...