Ronny P. Sasmita

Ronny P. Sasmita is a Senior Fellow for Indonesia Strategic and Economic Action Institution.

The KRI Nanggala Submarine Incident Is a Wakeup Call to Modernize Indonesia’s Navy

150808-N-UN259-193 JAVA SEA (Aug. 8, 2015) The Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala (402) participates in a photo exercise during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2015. In it’s 21st year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alonzo M. Archer/Released), cc Naval Surface Warriors, flickr, modified

The tragedy underscores how the Indonesian Navy is struggling to cover the vast expanses of maritime territory it’s tasked with defending.

No Time Like the Present: Indonesia’s Renewable Energy Transition

cc Flickr Selamat Made, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/jedavillabali/5077410064

Indonesia’s natural endowments give it an edge in transitioning to renewable energy, but time is of the essence for the government to deploy a comprehensive strategy.

Joe Biden Can Learn from Indonesia’s Infrastructure Experience

cc Flickr GPA Photo Archive, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Infrastructure policy must address domestic productive capacity lest it seed future economic crises.

Revisiting Washington’s Cold War Victory in Indonesia

President Sukarno, the first leader of Indonesia after it became a republic in 1945, inspects his troops.. cc Flickr Tullio Saba, modiifed, public domain, https://flickr.com/photos/97453745@N02/9324143543/in/photolist-9hk3RZ-dZZMRX-e1ePJa-e16XMA-uWAhSp-7GnjcS-GP6dtR-2er4gbn-e1eKF6-fv6AWQ-e16Szy-e1ySDj-2fQ1UAt-2fQ1Sxk-2fKqbf9-2eChx2N-2fKpZqd-2fKqcMC-2er4g2V-TFLgMj-2h9LUEQ-2h9NDuJ-e172D5-Rp9a8s-TFLj3S-25drPZn-25drV26-TFLgy3-25drU5r-2eChcNs-2fKpPzG-2eChjM7-2eChmpW-25drC2z-2fKpHuA-2fKpYPd-2eChi9N-TFL7Ts-2fKpX1d-25drGya-TFL5Rw-2eChocd-9iBDqK-H3JcYt-cfynYL-2fQ1Gmi-HiFb2u-f8y76x-87LZDR-fcWF2z

Indonesia was “won” by the US bloc during the Cold War, albeit at terrible human cost. Will history repeat itself?

Indonesia’s Omnibus Bill in Geopolitical Perspective

cc Flickr Republic of Korea, modified, https://flickr.com/photos/koreanet/26423647923/in/photolist-GfY6WB-2hD4ftk-2hD5hdw-H9H7tE-HcDwYa-SPoUVt-H77epv-2hD1Bao-H4iqRA-GfY2zR-2hD1DQi-2hD5wC3-SezU7m-Haedh3-2hD5zkc-GhNQS4-RwUzWq-2hD4zcs-Hd9YeT-H2ZfkC-GfYfS2-GL72JW-GMpiEy-SKNdKf-SzEE6s-GfMPuE-SezMFL-2hD1H4h-GMpjBy-H6Aqvi-SPoWXz-H2Xv4Q-H2XkJs-GhhYcK-GfLKFj-GMpktd-H2Ymy1-GfLR6h-2hD4p2s-2hD1Jqq-H7aALT-HbQurS-23WTxvw-H7aKE4-GhHVqU-2aWb2MD-dJYZuM-28bcU1m-dK5rZj-dJYZoF

Joko Widodo’s Omnibus Bill won’t fix what ails the Indonesian economy.

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