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Indonesian President Joko Widodo – better known as Jokowi – has run up against tough political resistance. He is learning the hard way that the country’s cumbersome bureaucracy does not react as quickly as the businesses he has run. But despite some mistakes, he still retains public support due to his focus on economic development and infrastructure. If he can see his ambitious initiatives through and make Indonesia a “Global Maritime Fulcrum,” the country would play a pivotal geopolitical role.
Yang Razali Kassim
Indonesia is showing signs of dropping its carefully maintained bystander status in the South China Sea disputes. In response to recent Chinese incursions, President Joko Widodo flew to the Natuna islands to confer with his cabinet aboard a navy corvette. More tensions are in store as Beijing tests his resolve.
Joko Widodo has already brought a new dimension to government in Jakarta. His cabinet members were vetted by the anti-corruption and money-laundering authorities and many are technocrats rather than politicians. But despite his popularity as a ‘man of the people’, his ruling coalition has only 37 per cent of the seats in the new parliament. Much of his energy may b...
Joko Widodo has emerged from obscurity to become president-elect of Indonesia, a vast archipelago previously led by retired generals or the political elite. Before taking power in October he has to strengthen his coalition – he faces leading a minority government – and form a competent cabinet. In government, his aims will be to create growth, cut fuel subsidies an...
There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future policies of Indonesia's President-elect Joko Widodo, especially with respect to the energy sector. One thing is certain: the sector needs a fresh approach to halt the decline in oil and gas production, to reinstate investors’ confidence and strengthen the economy.
Dr. Carole Nakhle