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Indonesia

Reflections on a reunion in Jakarta

On the reunion of 2016’s anti-Ahok protests: the ‘awakening’ of Islamic identity means togetherness to some, and division to others.

The race to save up to 50 shipwrecks from looters in Southeast Asia

How should we respond when heritage is damaged or destroyed?

Java’s Muslim Warrior Queen

This article explores the life and career of one of Java's great premodern leaders: the 16th-century queen of Jepara.

The padewakang: Puzzling together the past

A team of expert Makassan boat-builders constructs a padewakang

Mosque polling stations and voting for Anies

A correlation between polling stations’ location in houses of worship and support for Anies throws up some interesting questions.

Rethinking Southeast Asian civil society

It’s past time for us to ditch simplistic ideas of “civil society” and its relationship with democracy in the region.

Southeast Asian cyberspace: politics, censorship, polarisation

The internet is both a factor in, and a victim of, the region’s crisis of democracy.

Salt

Indonesian contemporary dance meets politics, sustainability and gender

Old dominance, new dominoes in Southeast Asia

Democracy in the region finds itself in dark days. Can anything save it?

A new partnership with the TIFA Foundation

A frank discussion on civil society and Southeast Asia's crisis of democracy.

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.

The power of cloth: Melinda Piesse’s Batavia Tapestry

An artist revisits the Batavia tragedy

Jokowi forges a tool of repression

Indonesia's parliament has approved Jokowi's decree on mass organisations. Here's why the law threatens the freedoms of all Indonesians.