Misinterpreting diplomatic (or rather economic) dividends

A recent piece by Tantowi Yahya, a member of the House of Representatives titled “Foreign policy versus Indonesia Inc.: Time to reap diplomatic dividends” correctly exposed some of Indonesia’s past diplomatic successes that should have yielded better economic outcomes. Unfortunately his analysis failed to capture the “real” problem — reaping diplomatic, or economic, dividends from […]

In Myanmar, Newly Free Media Struggle to Turn a Profit

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s journalists celebrated this year when the government lifted a five-decade ban on private newspapers. But six months after a dozen dailies rushed into production, journalists who had withstood the wrath and cruelty of a military dictatorship are struggling against something much more mundane: market forces. Despite expectations of pent-up demand, publishers […]