Indonesian Politics

Indifference in diversity: ignorance & apathy towards refugees in Indonesia

A new documentary seeks to explore the plight of refugees in Indonesia seeking resettlement in Australia.

Herd immunity/herding constituents: parpol and COVID-19 vaccines in Indonesia #2

These events are heavily political in the distinctively clientelistic sense that dominates in Indonesia.

Herd immunity/herding constituents: parpol and COVID-19 vaccines in Indonesia #1

Online and social media shows that several political parties are actively involved in the vaccination program.

Invoking memories of Darul Islam

Reports from Afghanistan and contemporary memory activism teach us that memories of trauma run deep, as the author and others have found among the Sulawesi survivors of DI/TI.

Indonesia’s sugar scandals

The effects of decisions about sugar made during tumultuous periods in Indonesian history linger into the contemporary era.

Taliban rule restored in Afghanistan: security implications for Indonesia

The loyalty of some Islamist groups to AQ, and by extension, the Taliban, is evident from the content posted on their respective affiliated websites and publications.

Extricating Indonesian children from ISIS influence abroad

Bringing them home is the only option that addresses both the humanitarian and security aim of weakening Indonesian links to terrorist networks abroad. 

Indonesia’s open-door lockdown

Along with the ineffectual lockdown the widely reported graft has fomented outrage and eroded trust in the government’s ability to handle the pandemic and keep its people safe.

Frontline women: unrecognised leadership in Indonesia’s COVID-19 response

Incorporating women's experiences and skills would improve pandemic responses.

Uneven accountability reform: insights from parliament and bureaucracy in Indonesia

A dysfunctional accountability mechanism inhibits progress.

The politics of banning FPI

Survey data points to a certain fragility in FPI’s support, but the longer-term consequences of banning of FPI may be a greater cause for concern. 

Politics of Halal certification: the collapse of the MUI’s long-held monopoly

In the wake of increased government oversight, questions nonetheless remain over the MUI’s accountability.

Why politics matters: an insight from Indonesia’s flood management

Patronage politics, like those predominant in South Kalimantan, are a crucial factor exacerbating climate disasters, and governments rely heavily on inadequate technological solutions to mitigate floods.

Quad and the Test for Indonesia’s Leadership in ASEAN

Will the initiative complement or sideline the existing regional architecture built by ASEAN?

Part 2: The missing new Indonesian Left—leftist amnesia

Just as the Renaissance from the 14th to the 17th centuries overcame the dark Middle Ages by reappraising classical insights, critical history is now imperative.

Part 1: The missing new Indonesian Left

Just as it was particularly difficult for the progressives to withstand repression and killings, reviving the Left after 1965 was equally formidable.

The Malady of Ignorance? Indonesian Parliament During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Losing these key Parliamentary functions has exacerbated the lack of “checks and balances”

Public opinion and civil society: shaping Indonesia’s South China Sea Policy?

Public opinion should force the Indonesian government to consider and adjust its policies and responses to China in the South China Sea.

Indonesia is no saviour: against normalisation with Israel

Beyond future statehood, supporting the Palestinian right of self-determination should acknowledge they are best placed to shape their future.

The impact of the Indonesian government’s crackdown on Islamists

Will the crackdown demonstrate the powerlessness of Islamists or serve as a unifying issue?

Environmental degradation in Indonesia: lessons from Jambi

Native oligarchs and unscrupulous security apparatuses from the police to the military continue to exploit natural resources with ease and impunity.

Hypocrisy or imagination? Pseudo-pluralism in Indonesia

The Indonesian government's approach to Islamic outliers simultanesously marks them as dangerous and fails to protect the vulnerable from harm

COVID-19 is eroding Indonesian local media’s role as watchdog

Local media are failing to supervise regional Indonesia, with many relying on government PR budgets or politicians’ fresh cash.

Governing a pandemic: centre-regional relations and Indonesia’s COVID-19 response

The current arrangements slow initial local responses without a corresponding payoff.