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Tourists stroll at an Old Town area in Semarang, Central Java, without properly wearing their face masks. ANTARA FOTO/Aji Styawan/aww.

Indonesia’s poor COVID-19 responses take a toll on its global image

Indonesia is paying the price for failing to control the spread of the coronavirus. The country needs to change course and give priority to public health as the first step in repairing the economy.
Without wearing a face mask, an old man walks past a mural urging the use of face masks in Jakarta. Indonesia reported a record daily rise in coronavirus infections on Sunday with 6,267 cases. ANTARA FOTO/M Risyal Hidayat/aww.

‘Nine months and no progress’: what went wrong in Indonesia’s COVID-19 responses and what can be done

There are three key factors behind the government’s poor COVID-19 responses in the past nine months, and Indonesians can take steps to fix this.
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (right) has been in an ongoing tug-of-war with his ally-turned-foe, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, over pandemic mitigation. Sigid Kurniawan/Antara Foto

Existing political tensions intensify during pandemic: a ‘glocal’ observation

A pandemic can amplify friction and tension between jurisdictions – especially when there are political differences and existing conflict.
Indonesian marine officers get ready for a ceremony in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta. Taking aggressive steps vis-a-vis China could overturn its growing defence cooperation with China. ANTARA FOTO/Muhammad Adimaja/wsj

Why Indonesia’s aggressive stance on China in South China Sea may fall short

Indonesia’s increasingly aggressive responses may fall short given the country’s high military and economic dependence on China.
Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati (left), Culture and Education Minister Nadiem Makarim (central), and Foreign Minister Retno pose for a photo ahead of the Indonesian cabinet members swearing-in ceremony presided by Indonesian President Joko Widodo (not pictured) on Oct. 23 October in Jakarta. Adi Weda/EPA

Jokowi appoints Nadiem Makarim as Education Minister: can the Gojek co-founder streamline bureaucracy in education?

By appointing Gojek CEO Nadiem Makarim, Jokowi seems eager to better manage Indonesia’s education system that is arguably too bureaucratic and outdated.

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