Once hailed as the saviour of the democratic status quo, Indonesia’s president is now busily degrading democratic norms.
Ma’ruf Amin and the inclusion–moderation thesis
Would high political office discipline Ma’ruf Amin’s conservatism, or would his conservatism influence government policy?
Colonial medicine in postcolonial times: continuity, transition and change
Notes on the first joint meeting of the Asian Society for the History of Medicine & History of Medicine in Southeast Asia, Jakarta, 27-30 June 2018
Breaking the Colonial Hypnosis: Radical Physicians and Medical Nationalism in the Dutch East Indies
Hans Pols proposes a new perspective on the history of colonial medicine from the viewpoint of indigenous physicians.
VIDEO: ANU Indonesia Political & Economic Update 2018
Livestream the annual in-depth updates on Indonesia's politics and economy.
Taking parliament to the people in Indonesia
Aid-supported 'participatory recess' programs are promoting healthier communication between MPs and constituents. But it won't transform politics unless parties sign on wholesale.
Ma’ruf Amin: Jokowi’s Islamic defender or deadweight?
Progressives may hope that Ma’ruf’s conservatism will be checked by realpolitik.
The fault lines between rich and poor in Lombok quake
Notes from a research trip interrupted by Indonesia’s most deadly earthquake in years.
Nahdlatul Ulama is home to its own hardliners
The NU Garis Lurus or 'true path NU' movement shows how the moderate stance of Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation is being internally contested.
Apply now to be a New Mandala Indonesia Correspondent Fellow
New Mandala is looking for emerging Indonesian experts to write about Indonesia's biggest policy challenges in the lead up to the 2019 polls.
Wielding the purse strings of Southeast Asian civil society
Illiberalism at home, and pro-market ideologies abroad, are putting pressure on Southeast Asian civil society organisations' financial health.
Nahdlatul Ulama and the politics trap
A pillar of Indonesian civil society faces an ever more acute dilemma between representing a religious community and securing resources and influence within government.
Writing history in the Indian Ocean world
Writing history in the Indian Ocean world was the result of a complex interplay of global norms and local conditions of textual production.
Shariah, dakwah, and rock ’n’ roll: Pemuda Hijrah in Bandung
A movement making piety cool for youth alienated from traditional religious organisations has become a national phenomenon in Indonesia.
An interview with Ridwan Kamil
On 'black campaigns', the Islamic vote, and upcoming presidential elections.
Indonesia: The Years of Building Dangerously
A forgotten cultural frontier reveals Indonesia's version of mid-century modernism
Measuring religious intolerance across Indonesian provinces
Trying out a more sophisticated measure of how religious intolerance varies across Indonesia's provinces.
Twenty years of Indonesian democracy—how many more?
Two decades after Suharto’s fall, it’s hard to see a return to dictatorship—or to declare the democratic status quo safe.
The teka-teki of Indonesian
The second in a series of articles by veteran journalist Frank Palmos, reflecting on his time living and working in Indonesia in the early 1960s.
Millennials won’t rescue Indonesia
Beyond the media hype, the new Indonesia Solidarity Party (PSI) isn’t much different from the conservative, oligarch-linked parties we’re used to.
The Sufi poet and the peculiar whale (part two)
A commentary on the Sufi poem of the peculiar whale, by the 16th-century Malay poet Hamzah of Barus.