Indonesian Politics

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

During this 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.

What is new in the old pattern of Indonesia’s student movement?

Novel phenomena emerge as students find common ground with workers, but there are risks.

A scene at Gatot Subroto street during the September 24 2019 Jakarta protests

Indonesian protests point to old patterns

The return of student protests and the government’s response have are reminiscent of the era of authoritarian rule

Indonesia’s omnibus law is a bust for human rights

Trade unions and human rights groups believe the law is in fact no more than an attempt by the nation’s oligarchs to roll back political reform.

Without social safety nets, Indonesia risks political instability over COVID-19

Economic disasters have a history of bringing down governments in Indonesia; COVID-19 impacts hardest on the disadvantaged in an already fragile system.

Jakarta voters: leaders are key in cuing policy assessments

Research shows most voters use shortcuts to assess public policy. Afrimadona argues that in Jakarta, the leader associated with the policy is key, even if voters might lean elsewhere with different information.

Nationalist rhetoric is impeding climate action in Indonesia

Indonesia's environmental policies are at odds with the rhetoric around palm oil production and Indonesians are not equipped with enough information to understand the risks of a changing climate.

Jokowi’s Macron moment: moving fast or moving together?

Indonesia’s labour unions refer to the new omnibus legislation proposed by the government as RUU Cilaka, which sounds like the Bahasa Indonesia word for “wretched”.