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.
Analysis & Opinion
June 21, 2022
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
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
Yamin Kogoya – A flurry of peaceful rallies and protests erupted in West Papua and Indonesia on Friday, June 3.
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
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
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
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
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
Nathan Wall – When the issue of modern-day military occupations is brought up, most people immediately think of Israel and Palestine.
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.
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
By Max Lane
Michael Rose, ANU – In May 2022, Timor-Leste will mark 20 years of renewed independence.
January 18, 2022
Kyle Springer – Indonesia suffers from some of the highest food prices in Southeast Asia.
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
Haryo Aswicahyono and Hal HillContributor – It takes a serious crisis to reveal a country's fundamental strengths and vulnerabilities.
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.
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
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
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
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
Craig Harris – West Papua occupies the Indonesian half of New Guinea, the second largest island in the world after Greenland.
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
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 – 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
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
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
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 – 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
Something odd happened at the United Nations General Assembly this week.
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
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
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
April 30, 2021
Siktus HarsonSiktus Harson, Jakarta – The arrest of a pastor in Papua by security forces for allegedly supplying weapons to a separatist group could intensify scrutiny on churches in th
April 28, 2021
Li-Li Chen – On 8th of April, in the aftermath of devastating floods, Timor-Leste's government declared that Timor-Leste entered the state of emergency for thirty days, when the governm
April 23, 2021
Michael Leach – The recent floods in Timor-Leste have now caused 45 deaths and some 10,000 people to be displaced, including 7000 in the capital, with widespread damage to roads and bri
April 17, 2021
Jakarta – President Jokowi validated hedonistic sensibility on social media when he attended the wedding of social media celebrity Atta Halilintar.
April 14, 2021
Michael Rose – Xanana Gusmao, famed icon of East Timor, is letting his people down.
April 6, 2021
Jakarta – The government and the House of Representatives are preparing to amend the 2001 Papuan Special Autonomy Law to allow Jakarta to throw more money at the territory and form new
April 2, 2021
Eduard Lazarus – Little noticed in the West, the past two years have witnessed the largest protest wave in decades against Indonesia's increasingly authoritarian crony-capitalist govern
March 15, 2021
Jakarta – When a conflict happens, an outsider's view of the dispute and how to solve it tends to be free from any bias.
March 3, 2021
David Engel – If the premises about Australian soft power in Indonesia treated in the first two parts of this series don't jar, nor should the premise of this final one.
February 28, 2021
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
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.