Gary Dean - Essays & Articles

Indonesia

Doing Business in Indonesia

Indonesia is probably not the easiest place in the world in which to do business. The "World Competitiveness Scoreboard" currently ranks Indonesia at 45, only two places ahead of Russia (47), ...

Meet Gary Dean — an interview with Jakarta Expat

I've lived in Indonesia continuously since 1996. Why did I come to Indonesia? Firstly and principally, because it was not Australia. ...

Indonesian Land Law & Foreign Ownership of Land

Indonesian Land Law is different to the laws that apply in most Western or developed countries. Foreigners wishing to use or purchase land for whatever purpose need to be aware of these differences and not assume that legal conventions that apply in their home countries necessarily apply in Indonesia. ...

East Asia & the Roots of the Economic Crisis

The past two decades or so has witnessed the increasing dominance of neoliberal perspectives within international political, social and economic thinking. ...

Indonesia's Economic Development in comparison to South Korea & Taiwan

The rapid pace of economic development in East Asia over the past few decades has awed the world. ...

Ethno-Religious Conflict in Maluku

It has been said that the first casualty of war is the truth. This is no less true for the inter-communal war currently raging in Maluku. ...

Culture Matters in Indonesia!

Culture really matters when doing business, especially in Indonesia. An understanding of the cultures, outlooks, perceptions of the people with whom we do business, as well as an understanding of our own cultures and values, has enormous real practical application and value. ...

The New Order State & the Tempo Affair

The sun began to set upon Indonesia's corporatist 'New Order' state starting in the early 1990's. Speculation about the presidential succession was rife, mainly due to President Soeharto's increasing age and frailty, and such speculation was especially destabilising and damaging given Indonesia's historical propensity to rather messy changes in leadership. ...

A few notes on my life in Yogyakarta, March-May 1998

The period March to May 1998 was an interesting time in Indonesian history. This journal reflects some of the things that happened in my life over this period. Some of it is perhaps rather too personal, but that was the nature of my encounter with Indonesian culture over that time. ...

The role of FDI in the development of Singapore

The rapid economic development of the NIEs (Hongkong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan) over the past three decades has necessitated the utilisation of external resources, principally foreign capital. Without such resources, industrialisation and development on the scale undertaken could simply not have occurred. These external capital resources have taken the form of aid, grants, borrowing, and direct foreign investment (FDI). ...

Javanese Santri Islam

The Western aversion and distrust towards Islam runs deep, in contrast to how 'friendlier' religions such as Buddhism, Confucianism and Hinduism are often considered. ...

Joint Venture? or 100% Foreign-Owned?

Joint ventures (JVs) have long been the working foundation upon which foreign investment has entered many developing countries. ...

The Importance & Consequences of Trade in Southeast Asia till 1870

To trade is human. Like the ability to communicate abstract ideas, trade is one of those activities with differentiates Homo sapiens from the rest of the animal world. ...

Analysing the end of Suharto’s Indonesia

The incantations and vocabulary of the new era are rapidly taking hold in Indonesia since the fall of Suharto and his New Order regime. ...

Siapa yang pantas menjadi Presiden Indonesia?

Negara Indonesia adalah suatu negara besar kalau dilihat dari segi jumlah penduduknya. Catatan sejarah telah menunjukkan bahwa karena kekayaan alamnya yang besar telah menarik keinginan banyak bangsa asing untuk menguasai negara ini. ...

Madu Tri: suatu kisah asmara

Selama hidupnya, Madu Tri suka sekali minum madu. Tanpa madu, hidup tidaklah punya arti baginya. Madu adalah hakikat dari eksistensinya. Suatu hal yang tidak bisa disangkal kalau Madu Tri mengetahui hubungan antara lebah dengan madu. ...

Haruskah Indonesia menggunakan Tenaga Nuklir?

Keinginan Indonesia untuk membangun Pembangkit Listrik Tenaga Nuklir (PLTN) menimbulkan kegelisahan di seluruh kawasan Asia Tenggara dan Australia. ...

Australia & Asia-Australia Relations

Australia's Place & Influence in Asia

Since the very beginning of a notion called 'Australia' some 200 years ago, the European occupiers of this continent have rarely felt at peace with its geography. ...

Security & Australia's involvement in the world

Australians have always felt uncertain about their place in the world. As a transplanted, predominantly European, society situated within Asia, Australians have always felt a sense of threat from the north. ...

The Development of Australian Foreign Policy

It only been these past few decades that Australia has begun to pursue a relatively independent foreign policy, from under the shadows Britain and the US. ...

The Myth of the 'Jakarta Lobby'

Brian Toohey's article, "Time to rout the Jakarta Lobby", was published in The West Australian on 27 September 1999. This was just four weeks after the East Timorese autonomy plebiscite. During this period East Timor was in the process of being laid waste by rather vicious anti-independence militias backed by the Indonesian military. ...

General Politics

The Development & Future of the Nation-State

Humanity's political 'state of nature' has characteristically been defined in terms of small, nomadic family groups with little need for complex organisational structures. ...

Globalisation & the Nation-State

It is frequently alleged that the nation-state in the 1990's is at a precarious moment of history, poised to somehow inevitably disintegrate under the pressure of globalisation. ...

Origins of Capitalism

In 1867, a few years after the establishment of the International Working Men's Association, Karl Marx presented his thoughts on the emergence of capitalism in an essay entitled The Origins and Development of Capitalism, as part of his wider discussion on the sociology of capitalism. ...

Some thoughts surrounding the Milgram Experiment

'Obedience to the Law is Freedom'. Thus declared a sign hung over a gateway to a US army base in Germany during the 1960's. ...

Miscellany

I was 14.

I was 14. A quiet boy, living in an outer suburb of a small and isolated city called Perth, in a large and remote state called Western Australia. ...

An Ungrateful Australian

OK, here's my argument: Australia sucks and Indonesia doesn't. (Sorry, I'm trying to get to the point quickly. Some of my readers have very short attention spans.)

Airship over Occussi

Recorded live on a cheap cassette recorder at various locations in Fremantle, Western Australia during 1983 (or was it 1984?). The recording quality in all cases is extremely poor, but the spirit remains audible. ...

dikotomi

Quasi-artistic experiments with MIDI composition, produced between 2000 and 2003 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. ...