Search Results for "Indonesia" : 18

by / on March 7, 2011 at 5:09 am / in Opinion, World

Asia’s Middle Child

by Consider this: Indonesia has the fourth largest population in the world. It has the largest population of Muslims, the second highest measure of biodiversity after Brazil, a very stable democracy despite its ethnic and geographic diversity and the potential to be a major player on the world stage in coming years. Yet Columbia University offers no courses on Indonesia and only two on all of Southeast Asia. How is it that Indonesia ha…

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by / on January 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm / in Opinion, World

Blurry Lines

…ndsay Sandiford, who was on 22 January sentenced to death for the trafficking of 10.6 pounds of cocaine in Bali, Indonesia. The British government has strongly rebuked the sentence, lamenting the barbarism of the verdict – the death penalty for a “nonviolent” crime – by a country that, apparently, ought to know better. The court in Indonesia, clearly, had not been reading from the same hymnbook as everyone else, going far beyond the prosecution’s…

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by / on January 2, 2002 at 4:56 pm / in Blast from the Past, Domestic, National Security

Regarding Henry

…now know exactly what was said in a meeting among Kissinger, President Ford, and President Suharto, dictator of Indonesia, on December 6, 1975 – the day before Indonesia invaded East Timor. Only the latest in a long list of revelations, this decades-old record proves once and for all that Suharto began the invasion knowing he had the full approval of the White House. It is an account quite contrary to the story Kissinger has told – in public, at…

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by / on December 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm / in Business, Domestic, Organizations

Rigging the System

…violence encroached on ExxonMobil’s facilities in the Arun gas fields in the chronically unstable state of Aceh, Indonesia, the company threatened to suspend operations unless the Indonesian government could create conditions under which its employees felt safe. Robert Gelbard, the US ambassador to Indonesia, reported concern that the loss of federal tax revenues from such a suspension could further weaken the already struggling new Indonesian go…

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by / on April 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm / in Opinion, World

It’s Raining (Rich) Men

by Wikimedia Commons From a financial perspective, the last fifty years or so have not been kind to Southeast Asia. Emerging from the shadow of colonialism, Southeast Asian countries established governments that were, as a rule, economically disadvantaged by the two chief byproducts of corruption: economic inefficiency (leading to the enrichment of a small elite), and capital flight (the disappearance of those elites’ money from their…

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by / on September 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm / in Most Recent Column, Op-Ed, Opinion, World

A Balancing Act

by After centuries of humiliation, domination, and colonization by the West, nearly three billion residents in the Pacific region are rising to claim what is rightfully theirs: economic prosperity, diplomatic influence, and national pride.  Yet this newfound power breeds new challenges for the United States policy in Asia. The greatest headaches for US policymakers arise, of course, from the People’s Republic of China’ new aim to radic…

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by / on April 22, 2013 at 11:04 pm / in Opinion, World

An Inconvenient Choice

by Picture of deforestation in the DRC. Photograph by Daniel Beltra of The Guardian When Charles Marlow made his way up the Congo in search of the notorious Mr. Kurtz at the turn of the twentieth century, he described the land as one of impenetrable jungle, a steamy, dense, green world to which white man had very little access. Over a hundred years later, the landscape immortalized by Joseph Conrad has been remarkably well preserved….

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by / on April 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Never Too Soon

by Margaret Thatcher   On May 1st, 2011, crowds in Washington, D.C., New York, and other major American cities gathered spontaneously to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden. In the aftermath of the death of quite possibly the most hated man in the world (that is, from the American point of view), Americans were eager to express their elation. Newspapers printed headlines such as “We Got Him!” and “Rot in Hell!” The internet er…

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by / on January 6, 2014 at 11:00 pm / in Asia, Fall 2013, World

Modi Operandi

by As mango season comes to an end, the monsoons slowly ebb away, and the scorching humidity of August sighs into a slight breeze, India prepares for a national election. Two political parties with drastically different visions for India will compete to lead the world’s largest democracy, and Indians are relying on the next prime minister to lead India into a new era of prosperity. “My simple political economy model, which economists…

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by / on September 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

by This past Thursday, Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf spoke under Low Rotunda, in an event titled “Challenges of Transformation in a Fragile State; The Case of Liberia.” Sirleaf is the 24th (and current) President of the Republic of Liberia and the recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. A graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, she has served in various positions for the Finance Ministries under Liberia’s Tol…

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