Posts in Urbanism
Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway: Wide Acceptance, Possibly Low Ridership

From 6-10 April 2019, we sent an online questionnaire to 235 random respondents living in the Greater Jakarta and Greater Bandung areas to get to know their opinions on the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway (JBHSR). Contrary to our initial hypothesis, a staggering number of them actually responded positively (86.6%). However, that doesn't necessarily mean they are willing to use it.

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Revisiting the Concept of Diplomacity

Diplomacity; the first time I heard about this concept was back in 2015 during a public seminar initiated by Dino Patti Djalal, Indonesia’s former ambassador to the United States (U.S.). On that occasion, Dino invited his friend Parag Khanna, who is an expert in international relations as well as a prolific author. The seminar, his presentation, was quite eye-opening in that it caught me in several bouts of reflection, especially the moment after the term diplomacity was mentioned. Parag, who authored the book titled ‘The Future is in Asia’ set to be published next year, was also the same person who coined the term.

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The Cost of Postponing Railroad Improvements

Does Indonesia lack public transportation infrastructure? If yes, compared to other countries, how far left behind are we? This is one of the issues put forward by William Sabandar, the director of Jakarta MRT, in his speech during a seminar commemorating the 60th anniversary of Indonesia-Japan diplomatic relations held at Universitas Indonesia on 11th October 2018. 

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