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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

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.

 

 

Wikipedia Commons

December 7, 2015

"Message for China and the US: Asia-Pacific needs the glue of trade, not the threat of war"

Op-Ed, South China Morning Post

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

Derwin Pereira says as necessary as security is, it is economic integration that truly fosters peace and prosperity in the 21st century.

 

 

Wikimedia Common

October 6, 2015

"How middle power Indonesia fits into a changing Asian order"

Op-Ed, South China Morning Post

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

Jakarta's calm acceptance of Japan's new military policy reveals a desire to keep its options open when it comes to regional rivalries, not least Sino-US relations

 

 

Flickr

September 17, 2015

"Dealing with the Lure of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia"

Op-Ed, Center for Strategic and International Studies: cogitASIA

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

Fourteen years after al-Qaeda redrew the religious map of the world, it has receded from the global frontlines. However, it has been replaced by a stronger subversive entity, the Islamic State (IS), proving how hard it is to put the genie of terror back into the bottle.

 

 

Wikimedia Commons

September 17, 2015

"Revealing Singapore's political psyche"

Op-Ed, The Business Times

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

This General Election was not only about material issues. Deeply ingrained psychological traits in the electorate worked to give the People's Action Party (PAP) its strong mandate. Key among those traits is an almost biological dispensation towards insecurity, born of Singapore's small size, its lack of natural resources and its acute vulnerability in a Darwinian global order.

 

 

Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"Jakarta holds key to keeping S-E Asia safe in war on terror"

Op-Ed, The Business Times

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

AS the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) destabilises the Middle East, South-east Asia is likely to become the second front of the war on terror again. More than any other country, Indonesia will play a key role in keeping the region safe.

 
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