Yohanes Sulaiman – Indonesia has been sending mixed signals in responding to China's breach of its exclusive economic zone around the Natuna Islands, near the South China Sea.
Analysis & Opinion
January 13, 2020
January 12, 2020
Hal Hill – Viewed in the long sweep of history, Indonesia's first two decades of democracy have been quite remarkable.
January 6, 2020
Syafiq Hasyim – In Indonesia, there has been an increasing tendency to incorporate sharia into the legal and public sphere (shariatisation) in the post-reform era since 1998.
January 1, 2020
Jakarta – When the clock struck midnight yesterday night, we waved goodbye not only to 2019, but also to the 2010s, a tumultuous decade so emotionally taxing that many would certainly
December 19, 2019
Dian Septiari, Jakarta – At the start of the week, two native Papuans entered a courtroom in Jakarta shirtless but adorned in their traditional attire, complete with feathered headdres
December 12, 2019
Kate Grealy – The targeting of 'Islamic extremism' for national security purposes has long been an area of safe bipartisan consensus in Indonesia – as it is in most countries.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 27, 2019
By Max Lane, Singapore
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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