Ahok’s Blasphemy Case: Is There a Future for NKRI?

11 May, 2017
By Dr. Bambang Irawan | 11 May 2017

The Jakarta gubernatorial elections ended with Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno being declared the winners, they will serve as governor and deputy governor respectively, beginning in October this year. The incumbent, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama,

Trump’s impact in Asean

17 March, 2017
By Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin

Originally published in Malay Mail Online on 17 March 2017. MARCH 17 — When considering the impact of President Trump in Asean, it is necessary to appreciate the phenomenon that got him elected. Brexit

Next Governor of Jakarta: Incumbent Pair or Prabowo’s Men?

17 February, 2017
By Dr. Bambang Irawan

The first round of voting for the Jakarta gubernatorial election took place on Wednesday, 15 February 2017. The incumbent candidate, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as Ahok, together with his running mate, Djarot Saiful

Is Ahok Still the Best Choice for Jakarta?

5 December, 2016
By Dr. Bambang Irawan

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) recently spoke before an audience of CEOs of 100 publicly listed companies. The key message was ‘optimism.’ He assured the market that despite the current unsupportive global economic conditions and

Trump’s economic proposals raise many anxieties

1 December, 2016
By Dr. Bambang Irawan

Donald Trump’s surprising win of the US Presidential Election on 8 November 2016 has triggered mostly negative responses and reactions from across the globe. Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman of CARI, has pointed

Trump’s America and the Asian Spillover

22 November, 2016
By Dr. Arup Raha

​​Summary With the upcoming Trump presidency and Republican control of the House and Senate, this article looks at the possible changes to US policy and how that might affect Asia. It focuses on fiscal,