Giudizio storico

Geostrategic environment (september 1, 2022)




  • September 1, 2022. Eduard Lazarus, The Interpreter. After two years of pandemic killjoy, Indonesia’s Independence Day celebrations last month had a festive feel. During a ceremony at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, the public was entertained by the rare spectacle of President Joko Widodo’s cabinet ministers dancing to a dangdut rendition sung by recent online sensation 12-year-old Fadel Prayoga. High-ranking political figures, from Finance Minister Sri Mulyani to Defence Minister and two-time presidential rival Prabowo Subianto (who recently announced he’s going to run for office again in 2024), all got up from their seats to jive, albeit a bit awkwardly. Indonesia’s criminal code a step backwards, not forwards



  • September 1, 2022. Yasuo Takao, East Asia Forum. Japan’s House of Councillors (upper house) election was held on 10 July 2022, placing 125 of the country’s 284 upper house seats up for grabs. Japanese newspapers ran headlines celebrating the record number of women who won seats. But this praise may not stand up to close scrutiny. Japan’s women lawmakers remain seated


Philippines – Australia

  • September 1, 2022. , The Strategist. Which country is Australia’s most important defence partner in Southeast Asia? I’m guessing not many readers of The Strategist would put the Philippines at the top of their lists. The correct answer, of course, is, ‘It depends.’ Yet, for some of the most demanding military scenarios that may confront the Australian Defence Force in the decade ahead, such as a war over Taiwan or in the South China Sea, the Philippines could be an indispensable partner because of its location and potential willingness, as a fellow treaty ally of the United States, to grant access and logistical support to Australian forces. Although low profile, the Australia–Philippines defence relationship has surprising depth and potential, meriting a closer look. The Philippines could be Australia’s most important defence partner in Southeast Asia


  • September 1, 2022. Matthew Sussex, The Interpreter. In Vladimir Putin’s Russia it is usually political moderates who are afflicted by sudden and extravagant illnesses, “accidents”, and assassinations. Whether the killing of dissidents such as human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya in 2006, the opposition politician Boris Nemtsov in 2015, or the poisoning of the anti-corruption figure Alexei Navalny with a fourth-generation chemical weapon, a steady parade of dead and incapacitated Russian liberals has usually signalled more of the same: tighter state controls, less tolerance of dissent, and more political repression. Death of a Russian ultranationalist



Defense – Military – Security

Digital & Tech

  • August 31, 2022. Jessica Brandt, Brookings. Authoritarian governments leverage digital technologies to repress the rights and freedoms of their citizens at home, silence dissent among diasporas and other individuals beyond their borders, and to interfere in democratic governments, processes and institutions abroad. Left uncontested, the damaging abuse of technologies will further lead to a decline of human rights worldwide. Digital Authoritarianism (