Southeast Asia expert in Jakarta says location of attack is symbolic

Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the capital of Indonesia on Thursday morning. The Islamic State has taken responsibility for the attacks that have left two civilians and five attackers dead. Tom Pepinsky, a Southeast Asia expert and associate professor of Government at Cornell University, was in Jakarta when the blasts hit and says the location of […]

Execution of drug traffickers in Indonesia sours relations with Australia

The execution of eight convicted drug traffickers may have satisfied the Indonesian public, but Asia expert and Professor of Government Thomas Pepinsky says that the executions have harmed relations with an important neighbor: Australia.   Pepinsky says:   “Indonesia executed eight men convicted of trafficking in narcotics yesterday. Although the death penalty remains quite popular […]