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.
Rehabilitating North Korea’s Forests: The Struggle to Balance Conservation with Livelihoods
Venerated in art and poetry, Korea’s verdant mountain forests hold a special place in Korean people’s hearts. Like their political systems and economies, however, forest fortunes in North and South […]
Economic Dreams and Geopolitical Realities: How will the India-China-Russian Dynamic Unfold in Greater Central Asia?
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Greater Central Asia (GCA) has undertaken various efforts to reshape the political and economic landscape of Asia. This has driven a process by […]
The Ice Silk Road: Is China a “Near-Arctic-State”?
Ms. Maud Descamps explores the economic and political impact surrounding potential new trade routes that could open-up in the Arctic region given the rapid pace of melting polar ice-caps. Her […]
A Return to War: Militarized Conflicts in Northern Shan State
Introduction Myanmar’s internal armed conflict erupted in 1948 just after it gained independence from Britain. The principle armed actors in Myanmar’s civil wars have involved the Myanmar Defense Services, or […]
Creatively Managing China-Vietnam Relations in the South China Sea
Bilateral relations between China and Vietnam over the South China Sea dispute have improved in the last couple of years as evidenced by the January summit between the two leaders. […]