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March 15, 2023

Green Left - March 15, 2023

Yamin Kogoya – The West Papua National Liberation Army, armed wing of the Free Papua Movement (OPM), known by the acronym TPNPB, released a video on February 15, showing hostage, Captai

March 14, 2023

Al Jazeera - March 14, 2023

Hipolitus Wangge – It has been over a month since an armed group abducted Phillip Merthens, a New Zealand-born pilot, on February 7, 2023, in Indonesia's Nduga, West Papua.

December 28, 2022

East Asia Forum - December 28, 2022

Rui Graca Feijo – In the past few years, everyday life in Timor-Leste has been disrupted by the multiple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

December 21, 2022

Jakarta Post - December 21, 2022

Kornelius Purba, Jakarta – My mind has flashbacks of former foreign minister Ali Alatas telling me about the real power of the Foreign Ministry many years ago when I read the speech of

December 15, 2022

Asia Pacific Report - December 15, 2022

Yamin Kogoya – "We are part of them and they are part of us," declared politician Augustine Rapa, founder and president of the PNG Liberal Democratic Party, on the 61st anniversary of t

December 1, 2022

Asia Pacific Report - December 1, 2022

Yamin Kogoya – On 30 June 2022, the Indonesian Parliament in Jakarta passed legislation to split West Papua into three more pieces.

October 15, 2022

Modern Tokyo Times - October 15, 2022

Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker – Oppression in West Papua by Indonesia is ongoing. It is happening decade after decade.

September 20, 2022

Asia Pacific Report - September 20, 2022

An open letter by Reverend Dr Benny Giay

The notion that Papua is the "Land of Peace" has no substance.

September 7, 2022

Sydney Morning Herald Editorial - September 7, 2022

The growth of China's influence in our region is a significant issue, but there is a danger in making it the sole focus for relations with our neighbours.

Jakarta Post - September 7, 2022

Endy Bayuni, Jakarta – In the run-up to Saturday's announcement that the price of major subsidized fuel brands would increase, the government made a compelling argument that the huge su

September 6, 2022

The Interpreter - September 6, 2022

Parker Novak – It's been hard to miss Jose Ramos-Horta, the President of Timor-Leste, in the news over the past couple of weeks.

August 16, 2022

Jakarta Post Editorial - August 16, 2022

Jakarta – This year, as the country prepared itself to celebrate the 77th year anniversary of Indonesia's independence, the government of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo made a major for

July 13, 2022

Jakarta Post Editorial - July 13, 2022

Jakarta – Many Indonesians will feel a sense of deja vu upon watching the current events in Sri Lanka, where economic and political crises are hitting hard and leading the country of 22

July 1, 2022

New Mandala - July 1, 2022

Greg Fealy, Sally White and Burhanuddin Muhtadi – In March 2022, Muhammad Qodari, the high profile executive director of Indo Barometer survey institute grabbed headlines by proposing t

June 28, 2022

Indonesia at Melbourne - June 28, 2022

Tamara Soukotta – Former President Megawati Soekarnoputri, the long-serving chair of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), has been widely criticised for comments she mad

June 21, 2022

The Diplomat - June 21, 2022

Aprila Wayar and Johnny Blades – In April of this year, Indonesia's parliament approved a plan to create three new provinces in Papua, the easternmost region of the archipelago.

June 11, 2022

Modern Tokyo Times - June 11, 2022

Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker – The indigenous of West Papua suffer from international capitalist exploitation, Indonesian exploitation, and the demographic and religio

June 8, 2022

The Interpreter - June 8, 2022

Andrea Fahey – China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi last week concluded a Pacific tour – featuring some diplomatic gains and losses – with a 24-hour visit to Timor-Leste.

June 6, 2022

Asia Pacific Report - June 6, 2022

Yamin Kogoya – A flurry of peaceful rallies and protests erupted in West Papua and Indonesia on Friday, June 3.

May 24, 2022

Al Jazeera - May 24, 2022

Allegra Mendelson, Dili, East Timor – Jose Ramos-Horta, who came out of political retirement to run for president of Southeast Asia's youngest nation a second time, has a raft of challe

May 5, 2022

Jakarta Post - May 5, 2022

Kornelius Purba – Indonesian policymakers, from the highest to the lowest rung ladder, need to read and discuss with open minds an article that appeared in The Conversation titled "Desp

March 9, 2022

Jakarta Post - March 9, 2022

Kornelius Purba, Jakarta – My conversations several years ago with three former foreign ministers on East Timor (now Timor Leste) suddenly came to mind when I read an article in this pa

March 8, 2022

Asia Times - March 8, 2022

John McBeth, Jakarta – Coming in the middle of a heated exchange between the Indonesian government and United Nations rapporteurs over alleged military human rights abuses, the March 3

March 7, 2022

The Interpreter - March 7, 2022

Andrea Fahey – In the midst of an international crisis, it is remarkable when small countries still find the courage to adhere to their democratic principles.

February 25, 2022

The Lawrentian - February 25, 2022

Nathan Wall – When the issue of modern-day military occupations is brought up, most people immediately think of Israel and Palestine.

February 15, 2022

The Interpreter - February 15, 2022

Sam Roggeveen – The fuss made over Friday's Quad meeting in Melbourne is quite out of proportion to the group's significance.

Asia Pacific Report - February 15, 2022

Yamin Kogoya, Brisbane – Google images of a country or region can offer a wealth of information about the people and cultures that live there.

January 27, 2022

ISEAS Perspectives - January 27, 2022

By Max Lane

Executive Summary

East Asia Forum - January 27, 2022

Michael Rose, ANU – In May 2022, Timor-Leste will mark 20 years of renewed independence.

January 18, 2022

The Interpreter - January 18, 2022

Kyle Springer – Indonesia suffers from some of the highest food prices in Southeast Asia.

January 17, 2022

East Asia Forum - January 17, 2022

Editorial Board, ANU – Ahead of the Rome G20 Summit in October 2021, the G20 looked like it was in danger of losing the plot.

January 16, 2022

Australian Financial Review - January 16, 2022

Haryo Aswicahyono and Hal HillContributor – It takes a serious crisis to reveal a country's fundamental strengths and vulnerabilities.

January 11, 2022

New Zealand Herald - January 11, 2022

Maire Leadbeater – In December, Indonesia came in for unusually direct criticism from the UN over its treatment of human rights defenders, especially its treatment of exiled Veronica Ko

East Asia Forum - January 11, 2022

Siwage Dharma Negara – 2021 has been another challenging year for Indonesia as it struggles to balance the economy and public health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 9, 2022

PNG Attitude - January 9, 2022

Yamin Kogoya, Canberra – The colonial notion of 'civilising primitive Papuans' has distorted Papuan perceptions of the world and themselves.

January 3, 2022

Fulcrum - January 3, 2022

A'an Suryana and Norshahril Saat – A recent public spat between President Joko Widodo and a prominent cleric underscores how the former is facing challenges in reining in conservatives

January 1, 2022

East Asia Forum - January 1, 2022
Damien Kingsbury – Following a period of parliamentary instability in 2020, Timor-Leste looked to chart a steadier political course in 2021.

December 31, 2021

Jakarta Post Editorial - December 31, 2021

Jakarta – This once-in-a-century pandemic has certainly tempted some of us to think that we live in the worst of times, if not the end of times.

December 24, 2021

The Independent - December 24, 2021

Craig Harris – West Papua occupies the Indonesian half of New Guinea, the second largest island in the world after Greenland.

November 12, 2021

Australian Institute of International Affairs - November 12, 2021

Robert Lowry – Indonesian Papua has seen increasing levels of violence. The Indonesian government is pursuing a soft power response with mixed success.

July 27, 2021

The Diplomat - July 27, 2021

Sebastian Strangio – On July 15, Indonesia's parliament voted to revise and extend for 20 years the Special Autonomy Law for the provinces of Papua and West Papua.

July 21, 2021

Jakarta Post Editorial - July 21, 2021

Jakarta – The unanimous House of Representatives decision last week to endorse the revised Papuan Special Autonomy Law shows, yet again, the propensity of the Jakarta elite to dictate t

June 10, 2021

Sydney Morning Herald - June 10, 2021

Chris Barrett, Singapore – Australia risks Indonesia sliding further into the orbit of China amid an absence of face-to-face diplomacy with its nearest and biggest neighbours in south-e

June 9, 2021

Fulcrum - June 9, 2021

Max Lane – The rapprochement of Jokowi and Prabowo has resulted in the unusual absence of a polarising rivalry among the main political parties.

May 31, 2021

Fulcrum - May 31, 2021

Max Lane – Recent events in Papua underscore the fact that there is no solution that is entirely free of risk for Jakarta. Instead, the choice is between separate sets of risks.

May 28, 2021

Jakarta Post Editorial - May 28, 2021

Jakarta – Amid the deepening trust deficit between the Papuan people and the government, many in the country's easternmost territory suspect that the disruption to the local internet se

May 21, 2021

Jakarta Post Editorial - May 21, 2021

Something odd happened at the United Nations General Assembly this week.

May 20, 2021

Indonesia at Melbourne - May 20, 2021

Usman Hamid and Ari Pramuditya – If insanity, as the saying goes, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then the Indonesian government's approach

May 15, 2021

Tempo - May 15, 2021

Jakarta – The government seems to be repeating the history of colonialism in this nation. The outcome could be like that in Indonesia in 1945.

May 3, 2021

Nikkei Asia - May 3, 2021

Richard Heydarian – When India's then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was asked in the 1950s why Southeast Asian nations were designated as Category C in his country's foreign policy, h