On the reunion of 2016’s anti-Ahok protests: the ‘awakening’ of Islamic identity means togetherness to some, and division to others.
How should we respond when heritage is damaged or destroyed?
This article explores the life and career of one of Java's great premodern leaders: the 16th-century queen of Jepara.
A team of expert Makassan boat-builders constructs a padewakang
A correlation between polling stations’ location in houses of worship and support for Anies throws up some interesting questions.
It’s past time for us to ditch simplistic ideas of “civil society” and its relationship with democracy in the region.
The internet is both a factor in, and a victim of, the region’s crisis of democracy.
Democracy in the region finds itself in dark days. Can anything save it?
A frank discussion on civil society and Southeast Asia's crisis of democracy.
Oligarchs have weaponised identity politics in their struggles over power and resources. That means it's not going away any time soon.
Why some perceived a racist dog whistle in Anies Baswedan's inaugural address.
Vedi Hadiz and Tom Power analyse the year in politics at ANU's 2017 Indonesia Update.
The destruction of centuries past should focus the region on preparing for Indonesia’s next mega-eruption.
The article that got its author reported for libel for comparing Megawati and Aung San Suu Kyi.
ANU's premier Indonesian studies event will explore the nationalist zeitgeist [re]emerging under Jokowi.
A spike in mosque construction is an oft-cited symbol of Indonesia's "Islamisation". But data suggest it's not actually happening.
Alarming rhetoric from officials is coinciding with an apparent spike in the use of deadly force by police.
Survey data show no evidence of a link between piety and intolerance, let alone violence.
It’s one step forward, two steps back for the right of Papuans and Moluccans to peacefully advocate for self-determination.
International experience shows that the organisation can survive, even thrive, in the face of official bans.
Indonesia's parliament has approved Jokowi's decree on mass organisations. Here's why the law threatens the freedoms of all Indonesians.