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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

There are 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.

Ian Wilson and Marcus Mietzner on the Jakarta election

Ian Wilson and Marcus Mietzner interpret the Jakarta election in a public conversation hosted by Murdoch University's Asia Research Centre.

Between inequality and identity in Jakarta polls

Ian Wilson is right that binary 'diversity vs. sectarian populism' narratives are unhelpful. But religious divides still matter in the politics of inequality.

‘Bottom up’ campaigning failed Ahok, and it might fail Jokowi.

Hailed as a game changer in the 2012 Jakarta polls, volunteer and social media campaigns are playing an increasingly ambiguous role in Indonesian politics.

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Digging up the Dutch colonial past

An official Dutch inquiry will confront the bloody end of the country's colonial rule in the Indies. It will also open old wounds in Indonesia.

Ahok’s absurd trial won’t satisfy anybody

Prosecutors' request for a suspended sentence for Ahok underscores what a political farce the legal process has been.

Jakarta: inequality and the poverty of elite pluralism

Framing Jakarta's election as a referendum on Indonesian pluralism is a way to avoid addressing inequalities of political and economic power.

Slashing livelihoods

How poor policy understanding of slash and burn farming has impacted communities.

Reactionary Islamism in Indonesia

How memes mobilise emotions and people.

The impact of Indonesia’s online transportation ban on the disabled

How the government's policy is a loss for the disabled community.

R.I.P orange bajaj

The end of an era for the iconic form of transportation?

The Aceh Party’s Defeat

The Aceh Party needs revolutionary internal change.

Battling Indonesia’s declining revenues

Battling ongoing challenges with tax administration.

PDIP and Jakarta Governor Elections 2017

What must Ahok-Djarot do in order to win the second-round?

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Indonesian women need local solutions

Obstacles to gender equality in Indonesia.

The challenge after the Indonesia local elections

Shaping the performance accountability of elected political leaders.

Disability discrimination in Indonesia

Lack of inclusivity keeping down the disabled.

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West Papua worries

Why West Papua remains a sore point in the relationship between Canberra and Jakarta.