Reuters/Darren Whiteside - Indonesian President-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo runs on the stage after delivering a speech in front of his supporters at Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta July 5, 2014.

Opinion | Brookings East Asia Commentary

Indonesia: Now the Real Work Begins

September 2014, Joseph Chinyong Liow and Lex Rieffel

While Joko Widodo’s victory in Indonesia’s presidential election marked a significant stride for democracy there, the former governor of Jakarta now faces several challenges both at home and abroad. Joseph Chinyong Liow and Lex Rieffel outline the range of issues that the president-elect known as "Jokowi" will have to tackle as he prepares to take office and discuss why this may pose a tougher test than the tightly-contested election itself.

  • Interview | Deutsche Welle

    August 8, 2014, Lynn Kuok

  • Opinion | Tony Blair Faith Foundation

    June 23, 2014, Lynn Kuok

  • In the News

    In any dictatorship, it’s dangerous to be someone the leader depends on to stay in power – it means that you can easily become a threat, as it appears that Jang [Song-Thaek] and the patronage system that he ran did.

    June 16, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, The Phnom Penh Post
  • In the News

    Today, many of the [North Korean] workers who participate [in working overseas] are people who have at least enough money and political connections to offer bribes to get these opportunities.

    June 14, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, The Phnom Penh Post
  • Opinion

    Transnational Threats in East Asia

    June 2014, Kongdan Oh

  • In the News

    I was a bit surprised by [the president's decision to leave Asia out of the address at West Point] myself. The main answer, I think, is that this was an army audience and the army, along with the marines, have borne the brunt of ground interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan. So it's important for army officers to know, going forward, how the U.S. government is going to use them — and, more importantly, not use them. And that's what he did. If he had done the graduation speech at the Naval Academy, which is on the front lines of rebalancing, it would have been a very different, Asia-focused speech.

    May 31, 2014, Richard C. Bush III, The China Post
  • In the News

    It's not the kind of situation where you can draw red lines, because China does lay claim to the territory where it's operating. It's not a situation where anybody is totally in the right and China is totally in the wrong.

    May 8, 2014, Richard C. Bush III, Mashable

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