What progress has the country made since it became newly democratic eight years ago?
Not much, I think. Itâ€™s just given freedom to the people to voice their opinions and criticize the government.
Has democracy generally been a positive force for Indonesia?
Well, itâ€™s supposed to be, and in general, yes, I see it as being a positive force.
Howâ€™s the country doing right now?
There are a lot of problems to overcome, like terrorism, ethnic clashes, getting rid of corruptors and reforming the education system.
Is Indonesia a confident member of the international community and what can it bring to the global stage?
Under Suharto, it was, but these days I donâ€™t think it holds much sway abroad.
Should the country be taking a more proactive stance regionally – say, in the case of Myanmarâ€™s detained democracy leader or North Korea?
Iâ€™m sure we should. If we want other countries to respect us, we need to be more proactive.
Name three things that if done would change the country overnight into a more attractive place.
Overhaul bureaucracy, improve public transportation and widen the streets.
Whatâ€™s the biggest global threat that you see emerging, and what can be done about it?
The biggest global threat I see right now is the war between the US, in the name of its â€œwar on terrorism,â€ and Muslim countries. There can be no benefit to this; the only result is pain and misery. (BT/IP)