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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 contest

By |2020-11-18T21:31:15+00:00November 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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

A Stronger Response

A Stronger Response Indonesia's President, Joko Widodo, joined the ranks of statesmen around the world who have grudgingly sharpened their response to the COVID-19 threat. Although the confirmed cases are still below 2,000, Indonesia has now become fully engaged in an effort to mitigate the effects of the pandemic based on recent grim projections. 

By |2020-04-16T18:40:30+00:00April 16th, 2020|COVID-19, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Disruption

Disruption Commentary by Wayne Forrest A popular Indonesian cartoon that has emerged since the onset of the coronavirus (COV-19) shows a series of boxes filled with various symptoms (severe cough, joint pain, runny nose, stomach ache, fever, headache, etc.) with lines all connecting to one containing the cause: masuk angin.  Literally meaning the wind

Salvage Job

Salvage Job by Wayne Forrest Building Indonesia’s new capital in East Kalimantan may turn out to be easier than preserving its current capital. However, the “capital” I mean is what has been invested in Indonesia’s state-owned insurance and pension system, not Jakarta, a city sinking due to ground water loss and climate change. Once

By |2020-02-19T21:07:27+00:00February 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2019: A Year of Treading Water

2019: A Year of Treading Water by Wayne Forrest Politics dominated 2019 as it was an election year characterized by a stormy Presiden­tial campaign, violent demonstrations by supporters of the losing candidate (Prabowo), and a serene October inauguration. Economically, Indonesia tread water, reinforced its value-added and resource nationalism priorities, maintained its macro stability and

By |2020-04-16T18:52:52+00:00January 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

Better Late Than Never Commentary by Wayne Forrest In September President Jokowi had an eventful meeting with Rodrigo Chaves, the World Bank’s Country Director in Indonesia, who told him that out of 33 multinationals relocating production out of China due to its trade/tariff war with the US, 23 went to Vietnam, the rest to

By |2020-04-16T18:50:58+00:00December 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments