The Jakarta Game

Written by: Nils Peterson As the United States completed its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Indo-Pacific began to loom ever larger in American geopolitical strategy. War is a two-sided game, however, and military conflict with terrorist groups like al-Qaeda will not end simply because the United States took its ball and went home from Afghanistan….

Horror in Indonesia

Written by: Chandrea Baster On the 28th of September, a powerful earthquake and tsunami shook the small island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. The massive 7.5 earthquake triggered a mounting tsunami that had waves up to six meters high. Nearly two and a half weeks after the natural disaster, rescue operations are still underway as the…

Religious Conservatism on the Rise in Indonesian and Malaysian Elections

Written by: Cherui Chew¬† It will soon be election season in various countries across Southeast Asia, but observers are hardly optimistic about the political development in the region due to the rise of populism and socially conservative trends. Two of the growing economies in Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Malaysia, are both secular countries with a…