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Derwin Pereira

Derwin Pereira

International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

 

Experience

Derwin Pereira, Founder and CEO of Pereira International, was an award-winning journalist at The Straits Times Singapore, rising to the position of Bureau Chief in Indonesia, then subsequently the United States. Some of the key personalities worldwide he has interviewed include all Indonesian presidents since the fall of Suharto, former U.S. President George W Bush and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Known for his ability to build contacts in the highest places, Derwin’s insight on regional affairs has been sought by Asian leaders, especially those in Indonesia. During his time as the Straits Times Indonesia Bureau Chief, Derwin established deep access and built strong contacts with the political and business elite in Jakarta. He maintains these relationships to this day, allowing him to stay up to date on policy matters and giving him exclusive access to vital information.

Derwin, who holds a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, currently specialises in strategic communications and business consultancy in Southeast Asia, with particular focus on Indonesia. He provides his clients – which range from individuals looking to enter politics, to corporations seeking to gain a foothold in a new market – with specialised advice and consultancy.  Apart from researching and publishing papers on new market trends and political developments, Derwin is also at the forefront of Indonesia-related programmes such as The Derwin Pereira Indonesia Initiative at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is also currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies, a member of the Dean’s Council at Harvard University, and an International Council Member of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, also at Harvard University.

For further information about Derwin Pereira and Pereira International: www.pereiraintl.com

 

 

By Date

 

2016

Dita Alangkara/AP

December 6, 2016

"Jokowi shows leadership mettle at Islamic rally"

Op-Ed, The Straits Times

By Derwin Pereira, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Last week's mega-rally by Muslim hardliners in Jakarta took a dramatic turn when Indonesian President Joko Widodo turned up to join the Friday prayers that ended the protest.

 

 

Gage Skidmore/CC

November 11, 2016

"Will Asia disappear from the US radar under Trump?"

Op-Ed, South China Morning Post

By Derwin Pereira, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Derwin Pereira says among the president-elect’s foreign policy priorities, US connections to Asia appear the most tenuous, and a shift away from the region would benefit China.

 

 

Michael Vadon/Flickr

November 9, 2016

"After Trump victory, uncertainty in Asia. If America retreats, will it be China to the fore?"

Op-Ed, The Straits Times

By Derwin Pereira, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Republican contender Donald Trump's shock victory in the American presidential election will unnerve Asians who believe that their future lies with the United States in the long term. What lurks ahead are at least four years of uncertainty and possible brinkmanship in American-Asian relations.

 

 

Erik Hersman/CC

November 8, 2016

"Americans must not put a maverick in White House"

Op-Ed, The Business Times

By Derwin Pereira, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

DONALD TRUMP must not win the American presidential election. The United States owes this much to the rest of the world -- and, indeed, to itself.
The stakes are unnervingly high in this election. The US is faced with an existential choice between the best and the worst in its chequered contemporary history. The choice is not between Republican and Democratic America. The choice is between America as it, and a new America in a darker world.

 

 

Gage Skidmore/CC

September 25, 2016

"When Trump meets Clinton: what Asians will be looking for in the US presidential election debate"

Op-Ed, South China Morning Post

By Derwin Pereira, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Derwin Pereira says it matters to the region how the issues of Sino-US relations, trade and America’s security partnerships will feature in the face-off between the candidates for president of the United States.

 

 

Vincent Thian/Ap

August 15, 2016

"Patrick Cronin and Derwin Pereira -- The East Asia Summit and Obama's Asia legacy"

Op-Ed, Nikkei Asian Review

By Derwin Pereira, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Patrick Cronin

The East Asia Summit, to be held in Vientiane early next month, offers U.S. President Barack Obama an opportunity to showcase his legacy to America's relations with the Asia-Pacific.

 

 

Times Asi/Flickr

July 21, 2016

"New opening in US-Philippine relations"

Op-Ed, The Straits Times

By Derwin Pereira, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

China's defiant response to the international judgment against its claims in the South China Sea could draw the Philippines closer to the United States. New Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will need to work closely with the man or woman whom Americans elect this November in the face of China's reaction to the ruling.

 

 

July 14, 2016

"Force of law or law of force? The ball is in China's court"

Op-Ed, The Business Times

By Derwin Pereira, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The Permanent Court of Arbitration's ruling on the South China Sea marks a watershed in Asian maritime history. The decision by the Hague-based international tribunal could ignite tensions leading to war if Beijing responds by behaving as if international law does not matter. It is in China's own interests to act otherwise, as a mature rising power which has a stake in the peaceful evolution of the Asian security order.

On Tuesday, the Hague-based international tribunal concluded that China has no legal basis to claim “historic rights” to islands in the South China Sea and that it has violated the sovereign rights of the Philippines, which had lodged a suit against it in 2013. The tribunal repudiated China's claim to most of the South China Sea as its sovereign territory on the basis of Chinese maps dating back to the 1940s that carry the ubiquitous “nine-dash line”.

 

 

Tatan Syuflana/AP

July 12, 2016

"China shouldn't see Jakarta's friendship as sign of weakness"

Op-Ed, The Business Times

By Derwin Pereira, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

In a dramatic gesture intended to refocus China's attention on its relations with Indonesia, President Joko Widodo visited the Natuna Islands recently.

 

 

Bullit Marquez/AP

July 1, 2016

"Peace talks hold key to Duterte’s new Philippines"

Op-Ed, The Business Times

By Derwin Pereira, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

An existential challenge facing the incoming Rodrigo Duterte Administration is to conclude peace talks with National Democratic Front (NDF) communists and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) separatists.

If he succeeds, he would move closer to achieving his goal of a new Philippines in which the Malacanang presidential place symbolises an inclusive and healing institution free of the suffocating grip of elite politics that represents the narrow economic interests of an entrenched oligarchy.

 
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