James CurranColumnist – In 1986, the head of the newly merged Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Stuart Harris, argued that Australia is "an isolated country in the sense that the
Analysis & Opinion
February 28, 2021
February 22, 2021
Ryan DagurRyan Dagur, Jakarta – Papua recently saw a resurgence of bloody incidents, part of a series of small-scale but continuing conflicts between rebels and the Indonesian military.
February 16, 2021
Stuart Rees – West Papuans are Indigenous people, easily ignored, their natural resources exploited, their homes and cultures destroyed, hundreds tortured, hundreds of thousands killed.
January 29, 2021
Leon Langdon – In December 2020, Benny Wenda told TIME Magazine, "I'm on a mission.
January 26, 2021
Max Lane – The opposition's weakness means that the Indonesian president's recent problems carry few political costs – for the moment.
January 12, 2021
Ben Bland – Like many world leaders, Indonesian President Joko Widodo is hoping that 2021 will be a bounce-back year after a terrible 2020.
January 3, 2021
Liam Gammon – How do you oversee one of the world's worst outbreaks of COVID-19, ram through unpopular economic reforms during a recession and end up retaining the sort of approval rati
December 18, 2020
Max Lane – As Covid year 2020 ends, so too does the first year of the second and final term of the presidency of Joko Widodo.
November 6, 2020
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Media Wahyudi Askar – It has been a rough first year for Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
November 4, 2020
Jakarta – Both the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and the local independent Humanitarian Team for Intan Jaya reached a more or less similar conclusion about the cause
September 29, 2020
Jakarta – In the last few years, Indonesia has entrusted its young diplomats with countering attacks predominantly from Pacific countries over alleged human rights abuses against Papuan
September 16, 2020
Ben Bland – When Indonesian President Joko Widodo decided last year to pursue outlandish plans to build a new capital city in far-flung Kalimantan, advisers shook their heads in despair
September 7, 2020
Usman Hamid – "Islam is a religion of civilisation. Extremism and intolerance destroy civilisation.
September 1, 2020
Jakarta – For the umpteenth time since the two institutions broke up as part of sweeping reforms introduced to protect hard-won democracy 20 years ago, Indonesian Military (TNI) and Nat
August 22, 2020
Ben Bland – Indonesian President Joko Widodo isn't a great orator but the former factory owner has a knack for charming listeners with cute analogies.
August 11, 2020
By Max Lane
August 1, 2020
Jakarta – Finally, long-time fugitive Djoko S. Tjandra could no longer evade arrest.
A response to a statement from Jaleswari Pramodhawardani (Vice Deputy for Political, Legal, Security and Human Rights of the Presidential Staff Office) published by Antara News Jakarta
July 23, 2020
Jakarta – The shake-up of the government's Covid-19 task force was expected. The country has achieved little in its fight against the pandemic.
July 20, 2020
Jakarta – Indonesia's hard won democracy still allows for political dynasties to thrive, a fact resented by many following the euphoric regime change in 1998 for fostering the kind of
July 13, 2020
Teuku Faizasyah, Jakarta – Among my duties at the Foreign Ministry, spokesperson happens to be one of them.
July 9, 2020
Benny Wenda – For over 50 years, Indonesia has been promising West Papua "autonomy". Each time, underneath autonomy lies only bullets and killings.
June 27, 2020
Jakarta – Chairman of the Synod of Indonesia Gospel Tabernacle Church (Kingmi) in Papua, Rev.
June 19, 2020
Jakarta – The Government Regulation on the Public Housing Savings Program has sparked controversy. It adds to the burdens of workers and businesses.
June 18, 2020
Veronica Koman and Ronny Kareni – Over the past few months, a terrible injustice has been playing out in Indonesia's legal system: 56 black political prisoners put on trial for treason