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Pushing back against plastic waste in Indonesia

Pollution from plastics is reaching crisis levels, with the fabled beaches of Bali strewn with discarded plastics.

Pandemic politics in Turkey

Despite initially flirting with pandemic denialism, Turkey may be able to take some pride in its handling of the COVID19 crisis.

Kevin Rudd on China’s place in a post-pandemic world

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd discusses a post COVID-19 world marked by an increasingly assertive China and anaemic US leadership.

Is Indonesia’s COVID-19 response too little, too late?

Indonesia’s coronavirus response started with denial, but subsequent action has met with public resistance.

Winners and losers in Indonesia’s plans for a new capital city

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo is forging ahead with his grand plans to replace Jakarta with a new capital on the island of Borneo.