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Wayne Forrest is President of the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, a private not for profit membership organization based in NY.

Bridges Not Barriers

Bridges Not Barriers February 2021 by Wayne Forrest I often hear the idea that during the past 4 years the US government, apart from its Navy, has not been as engaged with Indonesia or Southeast Asia as many would like. The message: China’s influence grows in the vacuum of a lack of US engagement.

Swing State

Swing State November 2020 Commentary by Wayne Forrest The US election has been focused on swing states, key places where our two political parties contest for electoral votes every four years. Even more than it may have in the past, the US government now sees Indonesia as a swing state, important in our own

Omnibus Struggles

Omnibus Struggles October 2020 Commentary by Wayne Forrest Its hard to focus on economic topics during a pandemic that continues to grow and spread.  But, it should not go unnoticed that the World Bank now predicts that the Indonesian economy will contract more than they had predicted only a few months ago and it

By |2020-11-18T21:32:17+00:00November 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Labor Day 2020

Labor Day 2020 September 2020 Commentary by Wayne Forrest With unemployment at record levels in both the US and Indonesia amidst an ongoing pandemic I've been reflecting on Indonesia's struggle to find meaningful employment for her growing population of 270 million.  Of course, our two nations do not share Labor Day:  Indonesia observes International

Remember America

Remember America August 2020 Commentary by Wayne Forrest On the 17th of this month Indonesia celebrates the 75th anniversary of Soekarno and Mohammad Hatta's audacious declaration of independence from Dutch colonialism.   With only a collection of militias and officers (some trained by the recently departed Japanese), an air force that consisted of one plane

By |2020-11-18T21:23:43+00:00August 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rays of Hope

Rays of Hope July 2020 Commentary by Wayne Forrest, President We're close to America's Independence Day, typically a time of public celebrations, parties, and mass gatherings.   Of course, this year these events honoring the birth of our democracy are severely hampered by the pandemic.  Indonesia modeled its Republic on ours, but only in part. 

Is Indonesia a COVID-19 Outlier?

Is Indonesia a COVID-19 Outlier? May 2020 Commentary by Wayne Forrest Reading the press must be troubling for Indonesian leaders. Many accounts describe an out-of-control virus, compromised healthcare system, and an impotent government reaction.  Typical is this comment by a Carnegie Endowment scholar: "The government's disregard for data, reliance on military personnel for crisis

By |2020-06-16T14:18:32+00:00June 16th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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