The risks of having incompetent leaders in politics (I’ve seen it)

Today, I shed a few tears as I watched a documentary detailing the systematic destruction of my country’s democracy. It feels incredibly personal to witness the visual representation of timelines depicting how the current regime has dismantled the system from within.

I never thought I would find myself in my dimly lit room, far away from home, on the verge of tears, contemplating the state to which my country has succumbed.

What is even more interesting to me is the fact that the destruction a

Death Drive beneath the stage: exploring the addiction to danger

Freud believed the death drive shows up in our minds as a leaning towards self-destruction, or directing that tension outwards as aggression. This idea comes from the compulsion to repeat, where we engage in behaviors not driven by pleasure.

Also touching upon collective identity during concerts: I cast aside my roles as a researcher, daughter, and sister. I evolve into a integral part of the crowd, immersed in a space where I can sense every goosebump, belt out the loudest tunes, and effortles

“Salam empat jari”, a movement to save Indonesia’s democracy.

One of the issues in Indonesia’s 2024 election is the concept of ‘satu putaran,’ meaning there will only be one round of the election, as regulated by Law Number 7 of 2017 concerning General Elections.

According to Article 416, Paragraph (1) of Election Law Number 7 of 2017, the conditions for a one-round election are as follows:

‘Elected Candidate Pairs’ are pairs who obtain more than 50% (fifty percent) of the total votes in the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election, with at least 20%

Indonesia’s 2nd Presidential Debate Analysis: Where do Candidates Stand on Cyberpolitics, Terrorism…

Today marks the third debate in the Indonesia election, the second involving the presidential candidates. The last vis-à-vis was highly heated; you can read my previous analysis here:

With my background in maritime security and cyberpolitics, I will specifically emphasize the critical importance of addressing terrorism, the intersection of technology in politics, and the pressing

Political decaying in Indonesia: hyperinformation, influencers lacking logical competence, and…

Reflecting on the path our founding fathers took to become the architects of our nation, they distinguished themselves by being the most knowledgeable within their circles.

Armed with decent education, multilingual capabilities, and the authorship of significant works, they laid the foundation for our country.

However, the sentiment expressed by Soekarno, who once proclaimed, “Give me ten young men (or women) and I will shake the world,” seems to have lost its relevance in contemporary Indones

Indonesian VP Candidates’ Debate Analysis: Idealism vs. Delusion Utopianism vs. Anti-Oligarchs

The recent Indonesian vice presidential debate has concluded, and if you check social media, you’ll notice that most people believe Gibran dominated this debate. From a psychological perspective, it’s a surprising turn considering many doubted his ability to handle Mahfud and Imin.

However, my article will delve into something subtler, something beyond debate practice but rather, ideology and definitely, some reality check.

Rocky Gerung made it clear that this debate would largely focus on ide

The tale of “Gibran Baratheon”

Remember Joffrey Baratheon? The spoiled brat from King’s Landing who, despite lacking in age, experience, and perhaps common sense, happened to hold the reins of power.

Not only did Game of Thrones center around dynasties, but the current political landscape in Indonesia also exhibits a parallel character, seen in Jokowi’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka.

Those surrounding Joffrey justified his seemingly ‘natural’ trajectory to power; he craved affirmation as a great leader. He existed with

Where Indonesia’s Presidential Candidates Stand On the New Capital Project

The future of Indonesia’s new capital stands as one of the pivotal policy questions ahead of the upcoming 2024 elections in Indonesia. Launched during President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration, this ambitious megaplan seeks to create Nusantara, a new capital city, from scratch on the island of Borneo, at a cost of 466 trillion rupiah (nearly $30 billion) by 2045. The asserted primary objective of the Ibu Kota Negara Nusantara project, or IKN for short, as it is official known, is to create

Prabowo’s political opportunism: was it worth it?

Prabowo’s participation in the initial debate of the Indonesian presidential election underscored two points: he has undergone massive changes since 2019, and it is evident that he could benefit from some rest.

I distinctly remember how I perceived Prabowo five years ago: a formidable leader with a deep understanding of both theoretical principles and practical applications, someone I believed should have emerged victorious in the election.

Certainly, it might be considered offensive when cons

Analysis of the First Presidential Debate in Indonesia

Topics covered: governance, human rights law, corruption, democracy, as well as improving public services and civil harmony.

Tonight marked the highly anticipated moment in Indonesia as the three presidential candidates finally convened on stage. This event provided them with the platform to engage in discussions on crucial topics, showcasing their intellectual prowess and demonstrating the maturity of their leadership experience. Quick intro — I’m an aspiring political scientist from Indonesia

Political Dynasty in Indonesia

is it an exaggeration or something that we have collectively underestimated?

In the recent public discourse and backlash against the current regime under Joko Widodo in Indonesia, the term “political dynasty” frequently emerges as a topic of discussion. The ongoing discussions highlight the perception that President Joko Widodo has betrayed Megawati Soekarno Putri, the fifth former president of Indonesia and the current head of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). This sentiment

The tale of Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission

The recent disclosure linking Firli Bahuri, the chief of an Indonesian anti-corruption agency, to a corruption case, has seriously eroded trust in institutions devoted to fighting corruption, casting doubt on their overall effectiveness. Established in 2003, the Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi) or KPK was formed specifically to address cases of corruption deemed beyond the capacity of the prosecutor’s office and the police to handle. The investigation into the inc

Lacan’s concept of objet petit a in “Gadis Kretek”

I recently caught a new Indonesian series titled “Gadis Kretek”, or “Cigarette Girl”, premiered in Netflix. It’s set in 1960s Indonesia, and the historical backdrop piqued my interest. The series revolves around themes of womanhood in Indonesia, freedom, Indonesia’s darkest history in the 1960s and love, but there’s an underlying element that goes beyond these aspects — a kind of “desire” that isn’t exactly what it appears to be.

The story kicks off by introducing Dasiyah, the eldest daughter o

The Blurred Lines between Cyberterrorism and Hacktivism

In contemporary warfare, as cyber warfare becomes increasingly prevalent, distinguishing the motives behind hacking and cyber attacks can often be tricky. This complexity primarily arises from the potential confusion surrounding two specific terms: cyberterrorism and hacktivism.

Cyberterrorism and hacktivism are frequently misunderstood and muddled, making it difficult to distinguish the underlying motivations and objectives of cyberattacks and hacking activities. While both involve the use of

AI-driven state control in question

Today’s governments and private contractors are using spy satellites or reconnaissance in gathering information that are useful for intelligence and other military activities including outer space, these optical-imaging satellites could detect missile launches and weapons hence its importance in today’s state security.

While transparency has been an effective tool in keeping governments accountable, surveillance performs otherwise.

The EU has come up with its Artificial Intelligence Act that is likely to ban facial recognition and other controversial use of AI.

The big question remains - what are the ethical implications of AI-driven state control, human rights and data privacy?

The Politics of Science

Yesterday, I joined a “public participatory activity”— a sizable crowd converging on the cinema displaying two massive movie productions. Despite my typical inclination to feel guilty about dedicating 2–3 hours to watching movies instead of focusing on my research, I make an exception for World War 2 movies, finding them particularly thought-provoking.

Oppenheimer 2023 was beyond a biography or a back story, telling the most heart-wrecking, world-changing event that changed our international po

China’s Xi Jinping Visiting Moscow: A Realist Point of View

China’s leader Xi Jinping is visiting Moscow, what to expect?

I came back home from work today exhausted with the urge to write about this — it’s been on my mind and I also had a very interesting discussion about this in my International Security class this afternoon. Not to write in journalistic style yet still freestyling — I am going to ramble using my Political Realist point of view.

Few questions to highlights, first, what’s the purpose of the visit?

China-Russia relations have always be

Modernization of the People’s Liberation Army, Navy and Military Deployment

China’s military modernization has emerged since the 1990s, when the People’s Liberation Army was overwhelmingly equipped by reproduction of Soviet weapons till the beginning of this decade with the focus of increasing the quality of the weapons and PLA system. In 2015, we witnessed China’s phase in reforming a comprehensive military organization. The aim is to give China an ability to fight against regional wars with high-intensity and short duration yet emphasizing more on “maritime military s

Hack the Unconscious!

Scientists finally found a way to “penetrate” our dreams. Did they just prove Freud was right all along?

In the midst of my journey in getting into cybersecurity industry and red-teaming, I found myself stumbled upon an extremely interesting topic — recent reports on scientists study on manipulating nightmares into dreams. This may align towards myself more due to my deep interests towards Freudian concepts and psychoanalysis school in the past two years.

We all may have heard his sta

Freudian Death Drive: Utilising the Unconscious for Freedom and Liberation

Freudian Death Drive: Utilising the Unconscious for Freedom and Liberation

Generally, movies are probably not my thing but Fight Club (1999) have caught my interest since Slavoj Žižek mentioned it in one of his interviews back in 2013.

I would recommend you to watch it if you haven’t and read further if you have as this will contain spoilers. Not only the mind-blowing storyline this movie offered but I am amazed on how this movie provokes my ideological enquiries through psychoanalytical think

On Religious Mysticism: Buddhism and Islam Crossover

Could religious poetry function as a nemesis of its own ideology?

On my religion studies escapade, today I had the chance to attend one of the most enlightening lectures, religious text.

We ought to analyse some Islamic mystical discourses, to a great degree, Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī and some other names with well-known islamic written traditions such as Aṭṭār of Nishapur, Hasan Al Basri, Rabia of Basra, Al-Hallaj and Al Ghazali, etc.

To examine theology and religions, it is almost impracti

Psychoanalysis Politics: The Extensive Myth of Zelensky

During 2022’s Russian military aggression against Ukraine, one name rose to the surface along with his non-controversial leadership image, the current President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

His heroic stories, images, and footages from Ukrainian battlefield have been spreading like a blizzard of hopes during this time of chaos.

The Atlantic called him, “world’s Jewish hero”.

Los Angeles Time called him “a folk hero”.

CBC claimed that, “he (Zelenskyy) gave us a cold dose of reality.”


Contemporary’s Constantine: Political Manipulation Under the Aegis of Religion

Contemporary’s Constantine: Political Manipulation Under the Aegis of Religion

The world has been evolving since the era of ancient Rome yet the importance of both religion and politics have never been detached to one another. Taking a deeper look to this very statue, Constantine (ca A.D. 280– 337), arguably was the Roman emperor who brought up Christianity to the societal surface during his leadership. Here and there you would have…