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For Iqra Anugrah's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary / World Jul 19, 2011

Challenges for Indonesia's diplomatic ambition

Indonesia has been busy recently in a number of international events. First, Jakarta hosted the East Asian World Economic Forum from June 12 to 13. Second, the incumbent President Yudhoyono attended the International Labour Organization Conference in Geneva on June 14 and delivered a ...

Commentary / World Feb 21, 2011

Interfaith tolerance challenges Indonesian Islam, democracy

BEPPU, Oita Prefecture — During the heat of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, which successfully toppled the respective autocratic regimes of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak, some incidents in Indonesia appear to have dimmed the prospect of democracy on this side of ...

Commentary / World May 18, 2010

Middle East needs truly secular governance

BEPPU, Oita Pref. — The march for secularism held on April 26 in Lebanon focused attention on the country and the region's conflicts and battle of values. Thousands of Lebanese from various social backgrounds — Shiite, Sunni, Maronite and more — took to the ...

Commentary / World Mar 28, 2010

Lifesaving dialogue past due between Islamic world and West

BEPPU, Oita Pref. — The relationship between the West and the Islamic world is worrisome. Recent events in Western and Muslim countries show the tension between these two civilizations. Last year the Swiss People's Party, backed by a popular referendum, proposed a construction ban on ...

Commentary / World Feb 22, 2010

Democracies that lack liberty

BEPPU, Oita Pref. — Around the world, our generation is witnessing the three Ds: deregulation, decentralization and, ultimately, democratization. The export of democracy is no doubt one of the most important items on the Western foreign policy agenda. Nevertheless, the effort seems to bring ...

Commentary / World Jan 15, 2010

Islam's place in politics

BEPPU, Oita Prefecture — The dynamics of Islam and politics in Indonesia are always worth following. Conventional wisdom says that moderates rule the game. In reality, this is not always true. Sadanand Dhume, an expert on Islam and Indonesia, recently wrote an article arguing that ...