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Indonesia

Behind Indonesia’s illiberal turn

Oligarchs have weaponised identity politics in their struggles over power and resources. That means it's not going away any time soon.

Jakarta’s new governor doubles down on identity

Why some perceived a racist dog whistle in Anies Baswedan's inaugural address.

VIDEO: 2017 Indonesia Political Update

Vedi Hadiz and Tom Power analyse the year in politics at ANU's 2017 Indonesia Update.

Fragile paradise: Bali and volcanic threats to our region

The destruction of centuries past should focus the region on preparing for Indonesia’s next mega-eruption.

Daw Suu and Ibu Mega

The article that got its author reported for libel for comparing Megawati and Aung San Suu Kyi.

LIVE VIDEO: Indonesia Update Conference 2017

ANU's premier Indonesian studies event will explore the nationalist zeitgeist [re]emerging under Jokowi.

Is Indonesia’s mosque-building boom a myth?

A spike in mosque construction is an oft-cited symbol of Indonesia's "Islamisation". But data suggest it's not actually happening.

Duterte’s “drug war” migrates to Indonesia

Alarming rhetoric from officials is coinciding with an apparent spike in the use of deadly force by police.

Distinguishing piety and fundamentalism in Indonesian Muslims

Survey data show no evidence of a link between piety and intolerance, let alone violence.

Jokowi’s political prisoner problem

It’s one step forward, two steps back for the right of Papuans and Moluccans to peacefully advocate for self-determination.

Where does Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia go from here?

International experience shows that the organisation can survive, even thrive, in the face of official bans.

Jokowi forges a tool of repression

A new decree meant to ease the banning of radical groups is an unacceptable assault on freedom of association.

Consuming orphans in a Jakarta mall

Some reflections from an odd, and at turns crass, fast breaking event inside a Jakarta shopping mall.

Jakarta is still the oligarchs’ turf

Neither Ahok nor Anies can change the fact that those who own the city have enormous influence over how it's run.

Ahok and the rise (and fall?) of state capital

Forget oligarchy. Ahok's governorship, like Jokowi's before him, has been a boon for state enterprise.

Female Ulama voice a vision for Indonesia’s future

A report from the pathbreaking Indonesian Female Ulama Congress in Cirebon, West Java.

Remembering Professor Joel S. Kahn

A tribute to the life and work of the acclaimed anthropologist, who passed away on 1 May 2017.

Middle class competition and Islamic populism

What Jakarta's election highlighted most was not tensions between socioeconomic groups, but cultural tensions within the Muslim middle class itself.

Ahok’s defeats and public debate in Indonesia

Ahok's downfall should prompt new inquiry into which institutions and networks shape popular opinion, and how.

Holy places and unholy politics

Ahok's support of an Islamic pilgrimage site amid Jakarta's container port illustrates the intricacies and paradoxes of Indonesia’s politics of religion.

Indonesian Press Council fails on World Press Freedom Day

The state of Papuan press freedom is dire, despite Jokowi promising openness. Indonesia's Press Council must speak.

Ahok is not Jokowi

There's ample reason to expect Jokowi's 2019 campaign will prove resilient to right wing populist opposition.

Ahok’s satisfied non-voters: an anatomy

Warning signs for Jokowi in the importance of voters who were happy with Ahok's performance but voted against him on religious grounds.

Class dismissed? Economic fairness and identity politics in Indonesia

Exit polls from the Jakarta election are a good starting point for thinking about the nexus between identity politics and inequality in Indonesia.