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Newsletter | Despite the distance, Russia’s war will still resonate in Indonesia

Updated: Apr 25, 2022

Dear Readers,

In 1998, Indonesia transitioned from a dictatorship to a new democracy. Within the 24 years since then, the incomes of Indonesians have improved by 128% and the average Indonesian can expect to live an extra 7 years.

In a democracy, people’s lives can, and do, get better. A democratic country is also more likely to cooperate and trade with other countries. The benefits of which reach ordinary citizens.

Why do I highlight this? Because Putin has waged war not only on Ukraine, but on democracy and the economic cooperation and ties between countries that have enabled human progress.