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Indonesia

Explaining the Prabowo landslide

Prabowo’s win was made possible by his enduring strongman appeal and a playing field tipped in his favour by Jokowi.

Indonesians want a more diverse legislature

A new survey shows support for a class and gender mix that better reflects society.

How do Indonesian businesspeople manage risks in electoral participation?

The 2024 elections illustrate how business figures are taking the business risks out of engaging in political contests

Video: Roundtable on Indonesia’s 2024 elections

ANU experts share their impressions and predictions about Indonesia's election

Indonesian Islamists’ pragmatic pivot in 2024

Hardliners are adapting to electoral realities—and state restraints—in mobilising for Anies Baswedan.

Reversing reformasi

The narrowing field of political contestation in Indonesia is not just being driven by presidential machinations and ruling-coalition infighting—but also the inescapable contradictions of Indonesia’s middle income status

Indonesian queer histories as solace and resistance

A colonial record’s hint at a forbidden lesbian relationship is a reminder of the potential for historical research to uncover queer life in Indonesia’s past and present

Chinese financing dovetails with Indonesian developmentalism

China’s modes of foreign economic cooperation are tailor-made for the Jokowi-era political economy

Rohingya refugees facing a hostile reception in Aceh

Boat arrivals cause frictions in coastal communities amid signs of a policy shift towards deterrence

Jokowi consolidates influence over TNI as elections loom

Personal connections to the president dating back to his mayorship of Solo have proven a career asset to senior military officers.

The land moves west

Artists at the Makassar Biennale grapple with the social and environmental consequences of land reclamation.

Jokowi’s post-election game plan

The president has put all his chips on Prabowo in the hopes of securing influence beyond 2024. Will it work?

The plastipelago

Indonesia’s encounter with the “plasticene” has led to a naïve and hasty government effort to rebrand waste as an asset.

NU factionalism on show after Anies-Muhaimin surprise

The realities of intra-NU politics defy Muhaimin Iskandar’s claim of bringing NU communities in behind Anies Baswedan.

Purnawirawan politics in Indonesia’s 2024 elections

Retired police and military officers find easy paths into politics thanks to parties' perceptions of them as vote magnets.

Carl Josef Kleingrothe: capturing the colonial life of Deli, Sumatra

A look at the life of the photographer whose work captivated European audiences' looking for images of the 'exotic' Indies.

How Indonesian studies’ “brand needy” lets Australian students down

There is a strong case for supporting the study of Indonesian history and cultures in Australian universities.

Captain, striker, and the integralist state

Prabowo’s analogy likening the nation to a football team puts a new spin on old arguments that there’s no place for opposition in Indonesian politics.

Coal, recentralisation and Jambi’s traffic hell

Jakarta’s recovery of legal powers over mining have robbed local politicians of the ability to respond to public demands to address the sector’s social costs.

The political prospects of Jokowi’s sons

Central Java offers a good base for a Widodo dynasty, but tensions with PDI-P are a hurdle.