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Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Lecturer of International Relations, Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII)
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat is an academic at Universitas Islam Indonesia and is a research associate at Jakarta-based Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF). His research focuses on China's foreign policy in Indonesia and the Middle East. He completed his PhD on the Belt and Road Initiatives in the Gulf at the University of Manchester in 2018.

Global Geopolitics Series

US-China tensions give Southeast Asian nations reason to find other partners elsewhere

Aug 09, 2020 22:49 pm UTC| Insights & Views

As tensions between the US and China intensify, Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, should rethink their ties with the two great powers. They should lessen their dependency on the two countries by strengthening...

Global Geopolitics Series

Why Indonesia's aggressive stance on China in South China Sea may fall short

Aug 01, 2020 15:02 pm UTC| Politics

Defying the global COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese fishing fleets with the support of armed Chinese Coast Guard ships have been penetrating Indonesias territory in the past few months. The move is part of Chinas growing...

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Economy

Afghanistan inks $160 million solar and wind power deal with US, Turkey, India.

Afghanistan signed a $160 million solar photovoltaic and wind power project deal with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Turkey, and India that will bolster its grid by 110 megawatts in the next 16...

UAE, Israel eye energy, infrastructure cooperation

The energy ministers of the UAE and Israel explored possible investment opportunities in energy, infrastructure, oil, gas, and renewable energy in a video call on Wednesday. The two countries also focused on advanced...

S. Korean healthcare and cosmetics exports surge 42% in August

South Korea exported US$1.69 billion worth of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical devices in August, up 42 percent from a year ago. According to data from the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), the...

CaixaBank's acquisition of Bankia to create Spain's largest bank

CaixaBank will acquire state-owned Bankia in an all-share deal that would create Spains largest bank with total assets exceeding $786.6 billion. The deal will help the companies tackle dwindling profitability due to the...

Dubai’s DP World to work with Israel’s DoverTower in bid for Haifa Port

Dubai state-owned DP World is teaming up with Israels DoverTower in a joint venture that will bid in the privatization and to conduct a study on opening a direct shipping line between the two Middle East states. Haifa...

Politics

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris receive endorsement from Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

With almost a month left until the November elections, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris are set to face Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the upcoming debates. Recently, the...

Barack Obama: Ex-POTUS joins Kamala Harris for Democratic fundraisers

Since endorsing his support for his former colleague Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama is actively campaigning for the Biden-Harris ticket by appearing in various events and fundraisers. This week, he will be...

Donald Trump: POTUS' tax returns revealed

For a long time, Donald Trump has often evaded the demand to look into his own income taxes. A piece by the New York Times over the weekend revealed how much Trump paid in federal income taxes over the years. The piece,...

World War 3: South Korean official shot and killed by North Korean soldiers

Tensions between North and South Korea remain in the midst of a global pandemic, with concerns of an all-out conflict or world war 3 ensuing between the two. Fears have been stoked as it was revealed that a South Korean...

Science

NASA: Cyclones on Jupiter captured by Juno spacecraft

NASA is closely monitoring other planets in our solar system for signs of unusual activity in order to learn more about the universe. The Juno spacecraft was able to capture unusual weather within the gas giant as it...

Aliens: Experts claim to develop technology that could potentially detect life outside Earth

Along with exploring asteroids and other planets and phenomena in space, scientists are also looking for possible signs of life. In an effort to ultimately answer the question of whether or not we are alone in the...

COVID-19 cure: UK-based researchers make breakthrough in finding 'druggable pocket' in coronavirus

When it comes to finding or developing a cure for the coronavirus or COVID-19, scientists are still in the midst of research and development with some already moving on to preliminary testing. As a definitive cure for the...

Aliens: Scientists present technique to detect water on exoplanets in search for life

In space exploration, scientists are also closely monitoring the cosmos for signs of alien life. A group of astronomers from the United Kingdom have proposed a method to find a certain building block of life on...

Technology

Xbox Series S vs. Xbox Series X: What’s missing in the cheaper next-generation console

Since video game fans heard the first rumors about the next-generation consoles, most of them were likely primarily concerned about the cost of new hardware. While the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are unsurprisingly...

iPhone 12 mini is now the likely name for upcoming 5.4-inch smartphone

Tech fans are in the final stretch of waiting for the iPhone 12 series to be officially announced. Usually, around this time, most of the information about the upcoming smartphones have been released already, but it...

‘Starfield’: ‘Leaked’ images suggest spacewalk could be a gameplay feature

New information about Starfield has been hard to find since it was announced in 2018. However, fans might already have the first look at Bethesdas highly anticipated game in the form of a leaked image supposedly from an...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’: Night City’s official website has a death counter and annoying pop-up ads

Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red recently launched a real website for the games fictional main location called the Night City. Not surprisingly, it is unlike any official websites for cities and because one of the...
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