Commentaries

A collection of analysis on history, politics, and international relations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, and the Indian Oceans

Will Prabowo’s Win Increase the Military’s Influence In Indonesian Politics?

The army’s influence has been on the rise over the past decade. Will this continue under the ex-general’s leadership? By Nia Deliana and Moch Faisal...

Gaza and An Alternate World Order

Introduction ­­­­ The crisis in Gaza shows that the multilateral world order has arrived at a new low of dysfunctionality. The international community simply sits...

The Bargaining Power of Spices

"Spices, once a source of power and diplomacy, lost value as colonialism and imperialism prevailed in the 19th century." Spices ruled Indonesia’s relations with the...

Indonesia: Nahdhlatul Ulama’s Dual Identity on The Global Stage

In the run-up to the G20 summit, one of the most prominent criticisms of the NU has been the idea that it is playing...