In one of the few recent books on Indonesia, A Nation in Waiting, author Adam Schwarz writes: “With over 180 million inhabitants, Indonesia’s population trails only China, India, and the United States. And yet…Indonesia is all but invisible to most of the West and only scarcely better understood in Asia.”
This year, that otherwise low profile rose dramatically as stories about the economic crisis in Indonesia became a fixture in the international press. In early March, when I traveled to Jakarta as President Clinton’s special envoy to President Suharto, I had the opportunity both to witness and to participate in the world’s new-found interest in Indonesia.
[Kim Jong Un's succession and establishing Ri Sol Ju as the mother of the next North Korean leader] In the past his father and grandfather had multiple wives and there was intense jockeying about who was the heir. He knows the regime focuses on bloodlines, and he has Kim Il Sung’s blood in his veins...[Kim Jong Un] is the third Kim. Is he going to be the one that gives up nuclear weapons and makes North Korea beholden to outside powers? I doubt it.