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May    "Widodo’s re-election could prompt Shell’s exit"- veteran journalist John McBeth in Asia Times

April    "Protectionist push defines Indonesia's final presidential debate"- Australian Review report on April 2019 elections


November  "Indonesia: Negara Pejabat"  (Indonesia:  Bureaucratic State)

June         " US-Indonesia Relations in the Trump Era"

January    "An Indonesian Senior Leader's Perspective on President Trump", by Luhut Pandjaitan


May          "Indonesia Turns to Manufacturing to Counter Commodities Slump"-good statement of the current government's policy intentions

February       "Selected Articles on TPP"-  good review of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership


November    "Macro Economic Policies"- by Anwar Nasution, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Indonesia, a short review of economic conditions since late 1960's and their challenge for policy makers.  A few prescriptions for the future.

October   "Expatriate Severance Payment Entitlement"- foreign citizens are entitled to severance payments upon termination.  Good discussion of how foreigners are employed in Indonesia


January 5     "Indonesia's Fragile Future"- by James Castle, TEMPO Magazine, the author cautions that Indonesia's current economic policies should be more open and integrated with global supply chains


January        "Challenging ASEAN: The American Pivot in Southeast Asia"- by Donald Emmerson, America's "re-balancing" towards Asia is not only about China but also about maintaining and growing its relationship with the dynamic region of ASEAN


November    "Is Indonesia Bound for the BRICS"  by Karen Brooks, excellent economic and political overview that makes the argument that stalling reforms could hold Indonesia back as it receives accolades on the world stage.

February  7  "Who is the Indonesian Consumer," market research in a nutshell

January 27,  Speech of President Yudhoyono at World Economic Forum, Davos


August 10  "One Nation Undivided Under God"-  Good discussion of Indonesian Islam and nationalism

July 7   "Indonesia’s year of living prosperously"- excellent review of Indonesia's investment attractiveness from Bloomberg News.

July 6     "A New Road For Indonesia and the United States" by Senator Richard Lugar, published in the Jakarta Post

June 29   "Patience Needed for Indonesia Start-up"- sage advice from an experienced Jakarta-based  business consultant, Jim Castle