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Indonesia

Fishing for votes in Indonesia

Fishers have become emblematic of the "wong cilik" this election, but their political engagement remains fragmented and localised.

A looming Australian boom in Indonesian contemporary art?

Australian institutions and their patrons were slow to wake up to Indonesian artists, but the future looks encouraging.

Building a better infrastructure policy after Indonesia’s elections

Jokowi’s overreliance on state-owned enterprises has undesirable side-effects. But the private sector has its own problems.

Challenges to Countering Violent Extremism in Indonesia

The dominant counter-terrorism policy paradigm is unnecessary limiting, and sometimes counter-productive.

Q&A: Sandiaga Uno on economic policy

Prabowo Subianto's running mate talks to New Mandala.

What will Indonesian women win this election?

Women are central to grassroots campaigning, but what counts as "women's issues" is still hopelessly limited.

Who’ll pay for Indonesia’s national health insurance?

Politicians need to make some hard decisions to make the system financially sustainable.

Introducing the New Mandala Indonesia Correspondent Fellows

Exploring the politics of policy, and policy in politics, during the 2019 elections.

New Mandala’s most read in 2018

Revisit the 20 most popular articles published at New Mandala this year.

Habib Bahar’s fifteen minutes of infamy

An eccentric—and violent—Islamic preacher has been catapulted to fame in Indonesia after becoming a target of the authorities.

Indonesia at the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

A despatch from Brisbane, where an eclectic selection of Indonesian works stands out at the APT.

Notes on 212 in 2018: more politics, less unity

The second reunion of the 2016 anti-Ahok rally was a show of force from FPI ahead of elections.

Playing the marriage card in Indonesia

A proposal for marriage registration cards is an invitation for more moral surveillance of Indonesian citizens.

audiopelago: a podcast about Indonesia

Listen to New Mandala's monthly Indonesia podcast.

Watch the 2018 ANU Indonesia Update

Expert speakers discuss the state of Indonesia's politics and economy in 2018, with the focus on the status of minorities.

Film review: ‘Asimetris’

A provocative documentary examines the asymmetries of Indonesia’s oil palm boom, but leaves some difficult questions unaddressed.

Jokowi’s authoritarian turn

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.