Edward Aspinall and Marcus Mietzner – Indonesia's 2019 elections confirmed both the country's status as a competitive electoral democracy and the trend of decreasing democratic quality
Analysis & Opinion
December 7, 2019
Donald Greenlees – Joko Widodo begins his second term contemplating the legacy he will bequeath as Indonesia's seventh president and with precious little time to do it.
December 5, 2019
The Indonesian government is in the process of introducing policies to both purge "radicals" from the public service and government, and to enforce commitment to the state ideology, Pa
December 4, 2019
Jakarta – The Finance Ministry has twice revised upward the estimated fiscal deficit for this year, first from 1.8 per cent of the gross domestic product to 1.9 per cent and lately up
Luke Lischin – With the announcement of President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo's latest cabinet on 23 October 2019, prospects for liberal government reforms have all but vanished.
November 29, 2019
Alicia Izharuddin – Less than two weeks after Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo installed his cabinet for his second term, one of his ministers stirred controversy last month w
November 28, 2019
Ary Hermawan, Jakarta – The Red Scare may not be entirely over in Indonesia more than 50 years after the 1965 anticommunist hysteria that led to the massacre of thousands if not millio
November 24, 2019
Richard Javad Heydarian – When Joko Widodo, affectionately known as "Jokowi", pulled off a shocking victory in Jakarta's 2012 gubernatorial race, many, especially the country's youth a
November 23, 2019
Hafiz Noer – Last month, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia's seventh president for his second and final term.
November 20, 2019
Maire Leadbeater – Since August 17, Indonesia's national day, West Papua has been in the grip of an unparalleled uprising.
November 18, 2019
Editorial Board, ANU – After he won re-election last April, Indonesian President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo was eager to emphasise the liberating effects of not having to worry about re-elec
November 17, 2019
Burhanuddin Muhtadi – Unlike the euphoria that surrounded his first electoral victory in 2014, Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo's second term is starting on a sombre mood.
Dave McRae and Robertus Robet – When Indonesian President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo triggered mass protests in September over his support for regressive amendments to the Criminal Code and
November 16, 2019
Noory Okthariza – Recent protests and riots in Papua and West Papua have reinvigorated the question of how capable the Indonesian government is of addressing problems in the east of th
November 15, 2019
Jakarta – As a former Indonesian Military (TNI) general, defence minister Prabowo Subianto should have known that today's warfare is no longer fought on beaches, in trenches or in jung
Thomas Paterson – Three days after being inaugurated as the president of Indonesia for a second five-year term, Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo announced his new cabinet.
November 12, 2019
Jakarta – The government looks set to realize its plan to form two new provinces in Papua, or at least one of them, after hearing what it claims as "grassroots aspirations".
November 8, 2019
Jakarta – The plan to divide the province of Papua by establishing a new province in the southern part proves the inability of the central government to understand the roots of the pro
November 6, 2019
Septinus George Saa, Birmingham, UK – In its second term, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's government should learn crucial lessons from the political actions taken in Papua and in the
November 4, 2019
A second and final term can free a leader, as Joko Widodo has acknowledged. The question is how he will use his new liberty.
October 31, 2019
Aaron Connelly, Evan A.
Max Lane – In announcing his new cabinet on Oct 23, Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has underscored a desire for continuity, both for economic policy as well as political str
October 30, 2019
Jakarta – In a show of his care for Papua, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo visited the easternmost territory Monday for his first outing since assuming office for his second term on Oct
David Fickling – If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, what is Indonesia playing at?
James Guild – On 23 October, Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced the cabinet for his second term in office, after two days of theatrically staged visits to the presiden