Press Release Book Discussion “The Second Chance”

The Research Center of Politics and Government (PolGov), in collaboration with Obor Publisher and the Indonesia Initiative for Sustainable Mining (IISM), will hold a book discussion entitled “The Second Chance” on Friday, March 22, 2024, from 13:00 to 15:30 WIB (Western Indonesian Time) at the Big Data Lab Room (BA 401), 4th Floor, BA Building, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). The event will be attended by the book’s author, Rezki Syahrir Ph.D., a lecturer from the Department of Politics and Government at Fisipol UGM, Hasrul Hanif, Ph.D, as the respondent, and moderated by PolGov researchers, Fitria Yuniarti. This discussion also invites researchers, experts, lecturers, and students as a space for exchanging ideas and discussing issues regarding mining governance in Indonesia.

The book “The Second Chance” was written by Rezki Syahrir, inspired by his dissertation at the University of Exeter, UK. He is the director of IISM and an alumnus of the Department of Government Science at Fisipol UGM in 2001. Through the book discussed in this event, Rezki presents the practices of resource management and issues surrounding resources in Indonesia. Rezki explores the arguments that mineral wealth—both national and sub-national—gives rise to two derivatives, namely threats and opportunities for a country. The author also introduces the idiom of the paradox of mineral wealth contribution, the contradiction faced when a country continues to increase its mineral wealth contribution but turns into excessive dependence, thereby threatening sustainable development. A concept of “sustainable resource governance” is introduced by the author as a requirement and effort to break free from the trap of mineral wealth contribution in Indonesia. In addition to exploring the tin mining field (Pulau) Singkep, which has been explored since the mid-19th century, the discussion also looks at five main contemporary national mining areas (Muara Enim, Kutai, Kolaka, East Luwu, and Mimika Papua), as well as examples of “failures” in managing some mines abroad. The book discussion is further enriched by analysis and insights from DPP lecturer, Hasrul Hanif, on politics and environmental resource governance. This discussion is expected to broaden ideas about sustainable natural resource governance.

The book discussion can be watched online via the link: