In the first episode of audiopelago, our new podcast about Indonesia, New Mandala’s editor Liam Gammon talks about whether Jokowi is overseeing an “authoritarian turn” with Usman Hamid and Tom Power. This is followed by a speech given by Sidney Jones on “the political manipulation of minority status” in Indonesia, recorded at the 2018 ANU Indonesia Update conference.
Usman Hamid is the Executive Director of Amnesty International Indonesia. He has previously served as the coordinator of KontraS, and co-founded Change.org Indonesia. He was a member of the Presidential Fact-Finding Team that investigated the 2004 murder of Munir Said Thalib. He received his MPhil from the Department of Political and Social Change at the ANU’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.
Tom Power is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political and Social Change, researching political parties in contemporary Indonesia. He delivered the Political Update paper at the 2018 ANU Indonesia Update conference. Read his analysis of Indonesian politics at New Mandala here.
Sidney Jones is the Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC). She worked with the International Crisis Group from 2002 to 2013, first as Southeast Asia project director, then from 2007 as senior adviser to the Asia program. Before joining Crisis Group, she worked for the Ford Foundation in Jakarta and New York (1977-84); Amnesty International in London as the Indonesia-Philippines-Pacific researcher (1985-88); and Human Rights Watch in New York as the Asia director (1989-2002). She holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.