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A development policy agenda for a new administration

A development policy agenda for a new administration

Indonesia's economic and political transformation has been remarkable, now the challenge is to deliver rapid, broad-based improvements in living standards

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Revolutionising retail

Revolutionising retail
In Jakarta, 7-Eleven found a loophole that allowed it to break into small-format retailing, transforming itself and contributing to a revolution in Indonesian retail in the process

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Review: Power politics

Review: Power politics

Jeffrey Winters’ Oligarchy is an epic work of comparative political insight but has little that is new to add to the study of Indonesia’s politics

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Reaching for the sky?

Reaching for the sky?

Indonesia has set ambitious emissions targets, but meeting them will require hard work

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The energy challenge

The energy challenge

Indonesia is rich in renewable energy but government policies foster reliance on fossil fuels

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Snatching victory

Snatching victory

When Indonesia’ s National Police took on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over the Bank Century case, the KPK won

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Papua road map

Papua road map

Conflict resolution should move from a security to a justice approach

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Policy drift

Policy drift

Ten years after Suharto, the economy is not recovering fast enough

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The peace dividend

The peace dividend

With no internal wars to fight, Yudhoyono can afford to reform the military.

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Mohammad Sadli, 1923 -“ 2008

Mohammad Sadli, 1923 -“ 2008

The passing of the technocrats

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Information revolution

Satellite TV and the Internet are opening Indonesia to the globe. MARK CRAWFORD asks: Will this mean less mind control by the state?

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New forms of rural conflict

Idyllic rural Java is rapidly becoming urban. As a result, peasants are now less in conflict with landlords than with the state. This radically changes the way we think about the best way to organise for change, according to JUNI THAMRIN andVEDI HADIZ.

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Lippogate? Not really

Allegations of influence peddling by Indonesia's Lippo financial group may be unproven, but opened a bigger trail that led elsewhere. JAY LOSHER reports from America.

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What the elite do when their banks are in trouble

Many private banks set up by Indonesia's super-wealthy in the 1980s are reeling under the weight of mismanagement. But connections sometimes allow them to evade the laws of financial gravity, as SUARA INDEPENDEN shows in these two reports.

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Sun, sand and smoke

Air crashes, riots, smog, and a currency crisis dented tourist arrivals in 1997. But, says ANNA KARIN EKLÖF, newly rich Asian tourists will save the industry in the long term.

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No crisis please

The currency crisis is making Thailand more democratic, but not Indonesia, says PRIYAMBUDI.

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Help us clean up!

The World Bank has joined the IMF in a huge rescue package. Indonesian non-government organisations (NGOs) presented this memo to World Bank president James Wolfensohn in Jakarta.

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The end of the Asian miracle

The IMF recipe is no cure for Asia's collapsed economies, says WALDEN BELLO. Instead, a people's strategy is emerging that looks to self-reliance and democratic control over capital.

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Markets, morals and leadership after the boom

Authoritarian Southeast Asian governments have been dealt a blow by market forces, says MICHAEL VATIKIOTIS, but democracy will not flourish until people begin to organise locally.

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From go-go to yo-yo

GERRY VAN KLINKEN traces the spectacular financial events that paralysed the country's business and political elites.

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