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Ahok, Trump, and The Way Forward

Commentary by Wayne Forrest Saying anything about a Trump Administration and its effect on US- Indonesia relations now could prove to be a fool’s enterprise, but this month’s commentary will take a shot, doing so [...]

By |December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Two Years In

Two years into his 5 year term President Jokowi is exhibiting some of the qualities of former President Suharto. I say this not to compare them in any fundamental way - Jokowi is not an [...]

The Big Number

Commentary by Wayne Forrest AMCHAM Indonesia and the US Chamber of Commerce recently released the fourth in their terrific annual series of reports that collectively put the US as perhaps Indonesia’s largest overall economic partner. [...]

Educated Abroad

Commentary by Wayne Forrest Indonesia has always had an ambivalent attitude towards foreigners, foreign investment, and Indonesians educated abroad. I began thinking about this during the latest Cabinet reshuffle when several highly successful Indonesians returned [...]

Cabinet Rebalance 2.0- The Avoidance of Conflict

Commentary by Wayne Forrest The avoidance of conflict and embarrassment can be a strong dynamic in Javanese culture.  In the world of the shadow puppets (wayang), a balanced, steady state is the ideal. The arc [...]

By |August 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

Changing Ambassadors

President Obama has nominated Joseph R. Donovan Jr. to be America's next Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia.  Hon. Robert Blake served his last full day as ambassador on Monday, July 18, and is heading back [...]

By |July 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments