ASEAN still the cornerstone of Indonesia’s foreign policy

A. Ibrahim Almuttaqi Head of the ASEAN Studies Program at The Habibie Center In recent days there has been a reemergence of the discourse regarding the direction of Indonesia’s foreign policy, following Jakarta’s enthusiastic chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). That enthusiasm could be seen in Indonesia’s hosting of the inaugural IORA Leaders’ …

Continue reading ASEAN still the cornerstone of Indonesia’s foreign policy

Economy: Learning from South Korea’s experience

Arif Kelana Putra Economist at the Finance Ministry The Indonesia-Korea Business Summit 2017 held in Jakarta recently should not only have provided Indonesia with a good opportunity to attract investments but also to learn about economic modernization from South Korea.South Korea is regarded as a good model for economic modernization, which has enabled it to …

Continue reading Economy: Learning from South Korea’s experience

Implementing the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Status Report (Crisis Group Report)

I.Introduction The prolonged process that led to the 14 July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was tortuous. It took more than a decade of diplomatic fits and starts and a perilous sanctions-vs-centrifuges race for Iran and the P5+1/E3+3 (the UN Security Council’s five permanent members plus Germany) to agree to a core compromise …

Continue reading Implementing the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Status Report (Crisis Group Report)

India’s Act East policy: Need to rediscover Southeast Asia through better connectivity and cooperation

by Dr Bawa Singh India and Southeast Asia have enjoyed historical, civilisational and geo-cultural relations since time immemorial. However, their coming under colonial rule (1600-1940s) and replacement of the ‘Silk Route to Sea Route’ rendered the multi-faceted relations dormant between both the regions. Since the end of the Cold War and disintegration of the USSR, …

Continue reading India’s Act East policy: Need to rediscover Southeast Asia through better connectivity and cooperation

India quietly enhances ties with Taiwan

by Namrata Hasija The relationship between India and Taiwan is seen by many as both new and emerging. However, the fact of the matter is that India and ROC (Republic of China) – the official name of Taiwan  -  share long-standing historical linkages. The relationship intensified when Jawaharlal Nehru visited China on the invitation of …

Continue reading India quietly enhances ties with Taiwan

Trump Can’t Deal With Iran If He Doesn’t Understand It

By Ali Vaez It took only 12 days in office for U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to put Iran “on notice” that the era of compromise had been replaced by an era of confrontation. In a stern message on Feb. 1, then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn accused Iran of a “provocative ballistic missile launch and an …

Continue reading Trump Can’t Deal With Iran If He Doesn’t Understand It

Trump and Israeli Settlements Expansion

Gautam Sen February 22, 2017 US President Donald Trump voiced mild criticism of the Israeli government’s expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, at a dinner with a Jewish magnate on February 08, 2017. Thereafter on February 15, 2017, during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official visit to Washington, Trump mildly rebuked Israel for …

Continue reading Trump and Israeli Settlements Expansion