JOURNAL | EDITOR IN CHIEF By: Dr Hassan Wirajuda
It was a little more than five years ago that a small team of former government ministers, a retired army general and a cabal of Indonesian and foreign editors gathered – sometimes in person but even more so by email – to create the country’s first English-language policy journal.
Under my direction, and in carrying out the vision of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who came up with the idea, Strategic Review published its first edition on Aug 17, 2011. Has it been that long already? On behalf of our team, both past and present, we welcome you, our faithful readers, to our fifth anniversary edition.
There is much to reflect upon these past five years, but little time to do so, as our mission is always to look ahead and anticipate, and debate, critical issues of national and international importance. We do, however, thank the noted heads of state and government, academics, analysts, military officials and experts, policy makers and journalists who help us bring this journal alive, both in print and online.
In this special edition, we go across four continents. Beginning at home, our cover story looks at the state of women’s rights in Indonesia in 2016, focusing on a recent increase in sexual violence and local bylaws that critics say are discriminatory. Staying at home, we have engrossing reads about President Joko Widodo’s “Vision 2085” for Indonesia; the unique relationship between Soeharto, the late president, and business tycoon Liem Sioe Liong; and reform efforts by the country’s National Police. Remaining in our Southeast Asian neighborhood, we preview the planned national reconciliation talks in Myanmar.
Going abroad, we have two extremely critical issues in Europe that demanded our attention – and challenged our deadlines. First, our contributor explains why the Islamic State’s words may be more dangerous than its weapons. Second, amid continuing global shock and even denial, we look at what the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union will mean for the world.
Dear readers, a very happy 5th birthday to all of us. Enjoy this special anniversary edition as our present to you.
Dr Hassan Wirajuda