Retno LP Marsudi, Indonesia – With Indonesia on the Human Rights Council, there are some ways in which the country can use its role to provide leadership and achieve the goals it outli
Analysis & Opinion
February 25, 2020
Nelly Martin-Anatias, Sharyn Graham Davies – If Indonesia wants to be a country truly supportive of quality, honest and dignified research, its media must stop giving space to writing
February 24, 2020
Michael Leach – Saturday morning saw the widely anticipated announcement of a new parliamentary majority in Timor-Leste, led by Xanana Gusmao.
February 20, 2020
John McBeth – Indonesian Economic Coordinating Minister and Golkar Party chairman Airlangga Hartarto likes to put an historic spin on the 1,028-page Job Creation Omnibus Bill tabled la
February 18, 2020
Abid A. Adonis, Jakarta – The coronavirus outbreak has caused panic and hysteria among Indonesians. The last time we see this happening was during the SARS outbreak in 2003.
February 11, 2020
Indonesia President Joko Widodo's declaration on the floor of the House of Representatives on Monday that "Australia is Indonesia's closest friend" has given us pause for thought.
February 10, 2020
Colin Brown – Indonesian President Joko Widodo – Jokowi – has shown himself to be generally less interested in international affairs than his predecessor, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY
February 6, 2020
Johannes Nugroho – For the past two months, Indonesia's press and social media have been abuzz with reports of pretender kingdoms on the island of Java.
February 3, 2020
Tim Lindsey, Tim Mann – Indonesia's booming economy has been growing between 5% and 6% for years and its GDP (PPP) is well ahead of Australia's.
Cat MacLennan – In 1994, New Zealand sent a cross-party delegation of five MPs to Timor-Leste on a fact-finding mission.
Ronny Kareni, Canberra – The year 2020 dawns with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's continued blatant avoidance of human rights violations and willful ignorance of West Papuans' right t
January 30, 2020
Deasy Simandjuntak – At a time when electoral democracy has retreated in the region, Indonesia successfully held one of the world's largest and generally considered free and fair presi
January 24, 2020
Erin Cook – If 2019 was the Year of Living Excitedly, with the world's biggest-ever one-day polls returning President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to his post, 2020 will be the Year of Quietly
January 23, 2020
Emma Kluge – Activism and protests marked West Papua's 50th anniversary last year of the so-called Act of Free Choice, which formalised Indonesia's control over the territory, with the
January 18, 2020
John McCarthy – Every country has its legends. They may be important to national self-esteem, but they're not necessarily good history.
January 13, 2020
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.
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.