Polarisation in Indonesia: what if perception is reality?

Considering whether five years of Jokowi–Prabowo competition is dividing Indonesian society.

Indonesia’s elections in the periphery: a view from Maluku

The eastern islands showcase how national-level polarisation filters through to the grassroots, but also how the realities of decentralised power interfere with national-level political designs.

An anti-feminist wave in Indonesia’s election?

Socially conservative female candidates are making their mark in the 2019 legislative elections.

Campaigning in the shadow of Ahok in NTT

Fears of intolerant Islamic movements have intensified identity politics in Christian communities in the east.

Who’s running on Islam in Indonesia?

A look at the religious rhetoric contained in parliamentary candidates’ campaign platforms.

Jokowi and the preachers: an ambiguous pre-election relationship

Reflections on socio-religious developments and the political role of Indonesia’s Islamic preachers appealing to the middle class.

Campaigning in the shadow of Ahok in NTT

Fears of intolerant Islamic movements have intensified identity politics in Christian communities in the east.

POLICY CHALLENGES

Mental health care in Indonesia: short on supply, short on demand

If he’s serious about building Indonesia’s “human capital”, Jokowi should make mental health a policy priority.

How Jokowi spends money better in a second term

Indonesia needs evidence-based policy, not policy-based evidence.

Follow the leader: personalities, policy and partisanship in Indonesia

New survey data show how strongly partisanship effects Indonesians’ policy preferences.

Indonesia’s real infrastructure challenge: getting people out of their cars

Road building is good for the economy overall but does little to solve the congestion that plagues Indonesia’s major provinces.

Weighing Jokowi’s infrastructure projects in Eastern Indonesia

Out in the east, there is a feeling that Sulawesi has received disproportionate attention from Jokowi.

Q&A: Sandiaga Uno on economic policy

Prabowo Subianto's running mate talks to New Mandala.

RELIGION

The Neo-JI threat: Jema’ah Islamiyah’s resurgence in Indonesia follows an old playbook

Indonesia should not be lulled by Neo-JI’s seemingly peaceful development.

Abdul Somad: ustadz jaman now

Is Indonesia’s most popular preacher a mentor, or a closet radical?

Between throwing rocks and a hard place: FPI and the Jakarta riots

Clouds are gathering for the hard-line Islamic group.

DEMOCRACY UNDER PRESSURE

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The post-election challenges for Indonesia’s feminist movement

Progress for pro-women policy requires being honest about the social and political barriers activists face.

Out of sight, out of mind? Political accountability and Indonesia’s new capital plan

What happens when civil society, the media, and policymakers are based in different cities?

From stagnation to regression? Indonesian democracy after twenty years

The 2019 ANU Indonesia Update conference takes stock of Indonesian democracy.

NU after the elections: more nationalism, less democracy?

Jokowi owes his victory to NU support, and NU expects both material and ideological dividends.

Voting out the landlords in Flores

Economic change is eroding the political power of traditional custodians of land in this part of Eastern Indonesia.

Q&A: Thomas Lembong on Indonesia’s economy

The reformist chairman of Indonesia's Investment Coordination Board (BKPM) spoke to ANU's Hall Hill for New Mandala.