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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

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, 2015

"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.

 

 

Matt Dunham/AP

June 28, 2016

"Brexit offers a cautionary tale for an Asia seeking greater integration"

Op-Ed, South China Morning Post

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

At its heart, the British referendum result was a vote against big government, big business and big ideas.

This cautionary message must be heard by those driving regionalism in Asia, particularly the Association of Southeast Asian Nations; free-trade pacts such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); and the economic direction of countries such as China, Indonesia and India in an age of rampant globalisation.

 

 

(AP Photo)

April 29, 2016

Disconnect over S'pore says as much about the West and the rest of the world

Op-Ed, Business Times

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

The British newspaper, The Guardian, recently ran an article on Singapore in its "The story of cities" section. The article acknowledged the extraordinary growth of Singapore's gross national product per capita, the jump in its external trade, the increase in life expectancy and its success with public housing.

But then there is the obligatory indictment of Singapore for being a flawed democracy. "The degree of state power that has enabled such extensive and rapidly executed feats of urban planning has also led to policies that appear to the rest of the world as draconian," the article intoned.

 

 

February 11, 2016

"High Stakes at the Sunnylands Summit"

Op-Ed, CNAS Commentary

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

As President Obama prepares to host a summit with ASEAN leaders in Sunnylands, California, next week, Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Asia-Pacific Security Program Director Patrick Cronin and Pereira International CEO Derwin Pereira have written a new commentary for CNAS titled “High Stakes at the Sunnylands Summit.” The commentary is a product of CNAS’ Derwin Pereira Southeast Asian Foreign Policy Roundtables.

 

 

Yohanes Budiyanto

January 19, 2016

"Jakarta attack a sign of things to come"

Op-Ed, Business Times

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

The terrorist attack in Jakarta last week achieved little but foretells much. It signifies the renewal of an implacable religious insurgency that could cost Indonesia and the rest of the region dearly.

From the point of view of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has claimed responsibility for the assault, there is hardly anything to boast of. Very few civilians were killed.

 

2015

Michael Vadon

December 31, 2015

"Clinton’s trump card"

Op-Ed, South China Morning Post

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

American Republican presidential contender Donald Trump’s comments on Muslims reveal the xenophobic underside of politics in the United States. The controversy generated by his call to ban Muslims from entering the country has subsided already, and he would no doubt moderate his views if he got in to power.

However, the political damage has been done to American relations with Asia. Asians would be more comfortable with a mainstream American leader who is responsible and nuanced in his or her response to global events such as the trajectory of Islam or the rise of China. Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton would fit the bill nicely.

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.