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Peter McCawley

Peter McCawley is a Visiting Fellow in the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics at the ANU. Peter has been an Executive Director at the ADB, led various ADF replenishment round negotiations, and is a former Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute (2003-2007). He has recently completed writing the 50-year history of the ADB: Banking on the Future of Asia and the Pacific: 50 Years of the Asian Development Bank.


Articles by Peter McCawley (16)

  • Indonesian corruption watchdog could gum policy works

    What should be done about corruption in developing countries? Stephen Grenville discussed this issue in commenting on the recent work of the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (universally known in Indonesia as the KPK or the Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi). It is important to note that the problem of corruption is hardly ignored in developing countries. In Indonesia, corruption has been at the top of the public policy agenda for decades.
  • Indonesia: Jokowi declares for presidency, but what does he stand for?

    It's finally happened! On Friday afternoon, 14 March, Megawati announced that she is supporting Joko Widodo, universally known as 'Jokowi', the governor of Jakarta, as candidate for Indonesia's presidency. No doubt the race will heat up but on the face of it, it's all over, red rover – Jokowi is so popular that it now seems very likely he will be sworn in as the seventh president of the Republic of Indonesia on 20 October. Everybody has been waiting for Megawati to give the word.
  • What Peter Cosgrove thinks about Indonesia

    Australia's incoming Governor-General has put many of his thoughts to paper in various publications and talks in recent years. No doubt they will be subject to close examination by commentators before he is sworn in in March.  Cosgrove has had a lot to do and say about Indonesia during the past decade or so.  He was appointed commander of the peacekeeping mission in East Timor in 1999 and has had frequent contacts with the senior echelons of the Indonesian military since then.
  • Australia-Indonesia relations: How bad is it?

    At the beginning of last week it appeared that the row with Indonesia over intelligence issues had quietened down. Prime Minister Abbott had sent what was doubtless a carefully drafted letter to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The welcome indications, after a day or so, were that SBY felt the letter offered a useful way forward. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had also visited Jakarta for talks with Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa.
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