A pillar of Indonesian civil society faces an ever more acute dilemma between representing a religious community and securing resources and influence within government.
A movement making piety cool for youth alienated from traditional religious organisations has become a national phenomenon in Indonesia.
On 'black campaigns', the Islamic vote, and upcoming presidential elections.
With the expulsion of the Rohingya largely a fait accompli, the world must face up to engaging with a very different Myanmar.
Two decades after Suharto’s fall, it’s hard to see a return to dictatorship—or to declare the democratic status quo safe.
On the many meanings of Hari Kartini, Indonesia's annual celebration of its most famous colonial-era feminist thinker.
A supposed announcement of his candidacy actually reemphasises how ambivalent Prabowo is about fighting Jokowi again.
The MD3 saga lays bare not only the DPR's attempt to shield itself from public accountability, but the dysfunctionality of governance under Jokowi.
What's behind a fresh panic about attacks on Islamic figures at the hands of "crazy people"?
Jihadists know how to take advantage of the unique space for mobilisation offered by the Indonesia–Malaysia–Philippines triborder area. Governments are still catching up.
Details on a falling out between pro-Anies Baswedan political parties and the religious leaders behind the 212 movement.
Crackdowns on ‘fake news’ producers aren’t enough—Indonesian voters need better journalism and greater digital literacy.
Jokowi moved quickly to shift a controversial armed forces chief into retirement. The 2019 elections were at the front of his mind.
On the reunion of 2016’s anti-Ahok protests: the ‘awakening’ of Islamic identity means togetherness to some, and division to others.
A frank discussion on civil society and Southeast Asia's crisis of democracy.
The destruction of centuries past should focus the region on preparing for Indonesia’s next mega-eruption.
Indonesia's parliament has approved Jokowi's decree on mass organisations. Here's why the law threatens the freedoms of all Indonesians.
Some reflections from an odd, and at turns crass, fast breaking event inside a Jakarta shopping mall.
Forget oligarchy. Ahok's governorship, like Jokowi's before him, has been a boon for state enterprise.
A report from the pathbreaking Indonesian Female Ulama Congress in Cirebon, West Java.
Ahok's support of an Islamic pilgrimage site amid Jakarta's container port illustrates the intricacies and paradoxes of Indonesia’s politics of religion.
The state of Papuan press freedom is dire, despite Jokowi promising openness. Indonesia's Press Council must speak.
Warning signs for Jokowi in the importance of voters who were happy with Ahok's performance but voted against him on religious grounds.
Exit polls from the Jakarta election are a good starting point for thinking about the nexus between identity politics and inequality in Indonesia.