Jokowi’s calculated soft approach to Jakarta’s radicals

Why the Jokowi administration’s handling of the Ahok case deserves credit.


Marvelling at Indonesian democracy in Myanmar

Why bold reforms are critical for success.


Has Jokowi handed a strategic victory to radicals?

How political Islam is growing steadily on Indonesia's national stage.


Jokowi wakes up the leviathan

How the Indonesian president is using SOEs to drive economic development -- and why the private sector isn't happy.


Keep calm, carry on, and drink tea

The bitter taste behind Jokowi's tea drinking politics.


Drones put land rights back on the map

How West Kalimantan villagers are combining novel mapping techniques and technology with Indonesia's village law to reclaim territory.


Echoes of past violence haunt Indonesia

Is history repeating itself in Indonesia?


The east is red

Why Southeast Asia is now firmly in the grip of China.

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Who constructed LGBT identity in Indonesia?

Hendri Yuluius charts how the Indonesian State helped move LGBT identities from the margins to the mainstream.

2009 Elections, Indonesia

More work needed for Indonesia’s democracy

A lack of employment opportunities is undermining the country's democratic gains.

Indonesian soldiers on parade. Photo: AAP

‘Proxyphobia’ in Indonesia

How the military’s fear campaign trumps Trump’s.


Ahok, the FPI and PilPres 2019

Can Jakarta's governor survive in a gangster's paradise?


The perils of a protest

The race for Jakarta governor must not succumb to race, writes Dwi Kiswanto.

Muslim students brokes the barb wire during a protest against Jakarta's incumbent governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese Christian running in the upcoming election, in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 4, 2016  in this picture taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/M Agung Rajasa/via REUTERS

Islamic rage and identity politics in Indonesia

Is Indonesia's democratic consolidation in peril?

An Indonesian protester walks near burning police cars during a clash with the police at a protest against an allegedly blasphemous remark made by Jakarta's Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as 'Ahok' outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, 04 November 2016.  Thousands of protesters staged a rally demanding that the Jakarta's governor be prosecuted for blasphemy.  EPA/MAST IRHAM

Seeking excuses?

In the wake of Jakarta's protests Jokowi's cancelled visit to Australia is a missed opportunity, writes Duncan Graham.


Stuck in the immoderate middle

Opposition to Ahok is being spurned on by Indonesia's Muslim middle class, writes Chris Chaplin.


Making enemies out of friends  

The evictions regime of Jakarta’s governor, Ahok, has provided ample recruitment opportunities for hardliners, writes Ian Wilson.


Will the Village Law change rural Indonesia?

The unintended consequences of Indonesia's Village Law.


Learning about politics

In conversation with Indonesia's former education minister Anies Baswedan.


The war on homosexuality in Indonesia

How hetero- and homo-nationalisms are colliding in debates about LGBT rights.


A rise in anti-Chinese rhetoric

Politics, economics and religion are to blame, writes Hew Wai Weng.


A recipe for disaster?

What the closure of a food stall during Ramadan says about the challenges of decentralisation in Indonesia.


Stopping the spread

Causes and consequences of Indonesia's alarming rate of HIV/AIDS.


The tragedy of communal land in Indonesia

Study finds low productivity and high conflict on shared land in some of Indonesia's poorest provinces.