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Indonesia

Fragile paradise: Bali and volcanic threats to our region

The destruction of centuries past should focus the region on preparing for Indonesia’s next mega-eruption.

Daw Suu and Ibu Mega

The article that got its author reported for libel for comparing Megawati and Aung San Suu Kyi.

LIVE VIDEO: Indonesia Update Conference 2017

ANU's premier Indonesian studies event will explore the nationalist zeitgeist [re]emerging under Jokowi.

Is Indonesia’s mosque-building boom a myth?

A spike in mosque construction is an oft-cited symbol of Indonesia's "Islamisation". But data suggest it's not actually happening.

Duterte’s “drug war” migrates to Indonesia

Alarming rhetoric from officials is coinciding with an apparent spike in the use of deadly force by police.

Distinguishing piety and fundamentalism in Indonesian Muslims

Survey data show no evidence of a link between piety and intolerance, let alone violence.

Jokowi’s political prisoner problem

It’s one step forward, two steps back for the right of Papuans and Moluccans to peacefully advocate for self-determination.

Where does Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia go from here?

International experience shows that the organisation can survive, even thrive, in the face of official bans.

The power of cloth: Melinda Piesse’s Batavia Tapestry

An artist revisits the Batavia tragedy

Jokowi forges a tool of repression

Indonesia's parliament has approved Jokowi's decree on mass organisations. Here's why the law threatens the freedoms of all Indonesians.

Performing Heritage (or, Making Temples Great Again)

Java's temples are sites for the performance of power, prestige and celebrity

Setting the Record Crooked

Conspiracy theories about the past reveal important obstacles and opportunities for history education in Indonesia.

Consuming orphans in a Jakarta mall

Some reflections from an odd, and at turns crass, fast breaking event inside a Jakarta shopping mall.

Jakarta is still the oligarchs’ turf

Neither Ahok nor Anies can change the fact that those who own the city have enormous influence over how it's run.

Ahok and the rise (and fall?) of state capital

Forget oligarchy. Ahok's governorship, like Jokowi's before him, has been a boon for state enterprise.

Through the Looking-Glass: Indonesian Reflections on Australian History

"An encounter between Australian Indonesianists and Indonesian Australianists offers fruitful avenues for both countries

Female Ulama voice a vision for Indonesia’s future

A report from the pathbreaking Indonesian Female Ulama Congress in Cirebon, West Java.

Remembering Professor Joel S. Kahn

A tribute to the life and work of the acclaimed anthropologist, who passed away on 1 May 2017.

Middle class competition and Islamic populism

What Jakarta's election highlighted most was not tensions between socioeconomic groups, but cultural tensions within the Muslim middle class itself.

Ahok’s defeats and public debate in Indonesia

Ahok's downfall should prompt new inquiry into which institutions and networks shape popular opinion, and how.

Holy places and unholy politics

Ahok's support of an Islamic pilgrimage site amid Jakarta's container port illustrates the intricacies and paradoxes of Indonesia’s politics of religion.

Indonesian Press Council fails on World Press Freedom Day

The state of Papuan press freedom is dire, despite Jokowi promising openness. Indonesia's Press Council must speak.

Ahok is not Jokowi

There's ample reason to expect Jokowi's 2019 campaign will prove resilient to right wing populist opposition.