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Geopolitics: Getting the Big Picture

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I have been reading The Economist for a year and Foreign Affairs for a few months. The former has given me a perspective I lacked and now value a lot, but does not focus on geopolitics. The latter gives me an insight into US policy that I, being from and living abroad, find very helpful, but it is an American perspective, and its articles are sometimes difficult to grasp for me.

I have been looking for another magazine, one focused on geopolitical 'analysis without morals' and, if possible, issued in print weekly or monthly. With Black Friday, subscriptions to some are cheaper, so I thought I would take the chance and try out one or two for some time. Which ones would you recommend?

Foreign Policy, which I have been considering, seems to have a strong idea of how things should be. How does it compare to The Economist for you?

Many recommend to combine different perspectives. For South-East Asia, for example, I have heard about The Diplomat. Which good sources do you know from other regions?


r/geopolitics does have a wiki page about this very topic, but it was last updated six years ago. This question has been asked before too, but not recently, as far as I have seen. For reference, I have read the following posts:

The Economist and Foreign Affairs are/were recommended often. Le Monde diplomatique sometimes.

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As a result of the G20 being held in Bali, Indonesia last week, the Economist wrote a leader titled Why Indonesia Matters with a briefing titled. Thousand-island progressing Indonesia is poised for a boom—politics permitting. In this post, I will focus on the first article, Why Indonesian Matters.

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Indonesia Matters

Thousand-island progressing

Other Articles about Indonesia in the last month

Indonesia’s unexpected success story (Financial Times)

At the G20, Indonesia Claims Long-Overdue Limelight on the Global Stage (Carnegie Endowment)

SUMMARY

The article list three reasons why Indonesia matters

  1. Its size is both in terms of population and economics. It's the 4th largest country in the world in terms of population. Third fastest-growing economy with a GDP above 1 Trillion after India and China. Indonesia is also important economically because it controls 1/5 of the reserves for nickel, an important component in EV batteries.

  2. It has found a way to combine democracy and economic reform. " Joko Widodo, the deceptively laid-back president since 2014, rules through a sprawling coalition that has co-opted many of his opponents. You might think this would lead to the lowest-common-denominator policies. But the public finances are tightly run. "

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