Indonesia Coalbed Methane: Bountiful Promise Held Up By Institutional Paralysis
The publication of a report in 2003 which claimed that Indonesia has some of the best undeveloped Coalbed Methane (CBM) potential in the world brought an initial wave of excitement and optimism to the Indonesian government and investors. However, subsequent CBM production has been slow to pick up and has fallen far behind government targets due to the institutional paralysis facing Indonesia. Sentiments among the government, operators and investors have since dampened. Any attempts by the new in-coming president, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to fast track CBM development will likely result in limited success.
Legal Constraints of China’s BRI: The Case of Myanmar
Summary There are many consequences of China’s global Belt and Road Initiative. Amongst the least appreciated are the legal implications that arise from its investments. In Myanmar, one of the […]
Understanding and Progressing Health System Decentralisation in Myanmar
Despite much lauded change in recent years, Myanmar’s national health system still lags behind its regional counterparts. Decades of civil war and military rule have created, at the national level, […]
British Naval Activities in the South China Sea: a Double-Edged sword?
Since early 2019 the UK’s Royal Navy has increased its joint military exercises with the US Navy in the South China Sea. In mid-January the Royal Navy frigate Argyll and […]
Japan’s Opaque Energy Policy toward Russia: Is Abe Being Trumped by Putin?
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with his self-proclaimed deep trust in President Vladimir Putin, has made striking a historic deal on improving Japan-Russia relations a priority. The Abe administration’s […]
Mental Illness: Myanmar’s Hidden Epidemic
Myanmar urgently needs to improve mental health care and achieving that objective will require a change of attitude by policy makers and the wider community. A report released last year […]