No one expected the entire world would suffer from COVID-19. Only a few are really prepared to face the pandemic. Economically, all countries are now facing a potential slowdown or even recession.
Although civil society, especially NGOs, are important in overseeing the government, the issues they voice often do not represent the interests of the people.
The global community tends to prefer authoritarianism as their standard choice of political system. Democracy is a mere exception, emerged once in a while by experiments of little success.
The liberalization of Indonesian-Australian trade is the basis for the two countries to welcome a century of bilateral relations. The signing of the IA-CEPA is one of the ways to achieve that goal.
It is worth discussing the 2019 Democracy Index issued by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Indonesia is categorized as a country with a flawed democracy, far below Timor Leste and Malaysia.
At the end of 2019, some of us are worried about the future of democracy. At the beginning of the year, some of us were worried about the prospect of the (simultaneous) general election.
Theoretically, combining a presidential and a multiparty system makes it difficult to form a consolidated legislature.
The biggest challenge for the incoming administration is to restore trust between stakeholders. An early step toward achieving this must be seen in the composition of the Cabinet.
The appointment of the 2019-2024 leaders at the House of Representatives (DPR), the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) and the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) shows the quality of democracy.