POLICY CHALLENGES

Legislating self-reliance and family values in the time of coronavirus?

At the heart of the Family Resilience Bill is the message that the family unit is responsible for its own well-being, and therefore, its own poverty and challenges.

COVID-19 mitigation measures compound an economic crisis in Sumba

Infection rates appear low in NTT, but the economic impacts of the pandemic combined with poor harvest yield are potentially devastating.

What happens when Islamists win power locally in Indonesia?

Does Islamist rule in lower branches of government affect relations between religious groups?

Salvation from Aceh fishermen breaks the silences of the refugee regime

Asylum seekers' silence, which the regime cannot recognise as an expression of vulnerability, is reason enough for Acehnese fishermen to deliver protection.

Indonesia’s agro nationalism in the pandemic

"Can Indonesia have food security without security?" Colum Graham looks at who really benefits from the government’s recent measures to address Indonesia’s food crisis.

What’s driving Indonesia’s moral turn?

The intensification of punitive sexual surveillance in Indonesia goes deeper than the rise of conservative Islam.

RELIGION

How ‘moderate’ are Indonesian Muslims?

The numbers on how Indonesia stacks up in comparison to other Muslim-majority countries.

Revisiting the myth of pluralism in the Nahdlatul Ulama

The meaning of pluralism in NU cannot possibly have a single and monolithic meaning.

‘Green Islam’: Islamic environmentalism in Indonesia

Indonesia promises a future of Quran-inspired sustainability and renewables but is constrained by fossil fuel interests in government.

ARTS AND CULTURE

Exhibition review: Mythlines and Memories: new batiks by Dias Prabu

The artists' imagery evokes the collective ethical and moral challenges of our times through the lens of epochs past, writes Greg Doyle.

Writing History in Premodern Java

The materiality of writing has major implications for the practice of history...When you look at a ‘medieval’ Javanese manuscript, it is almost always an 18th or 19th century copy of a copy of a copy ... and so on.

‘That damned elusive pimpernel: Tan Malaka and the Patjar Merah stories

What exactly was the relationship between the real Tan Malaka and his fictional alter ego?

Polarisation in Indonesia: what if perception is reality?

Considering whether five years of Jokowi–Prabowo competition is dividing Indonesian society.

Indonesia’s elections in the periphery: a view from Maluku

The eastern islands showcase how national-level polarisation filters through to the grassroots, but also how the realities of decentralised power interfere with national-level political designs.

An anti-feminist wave in Indonesia’s election?

Socially conservative female candidates are making their mark in the 2019 legislative elections.

From stagnation to regression? Indonesian democracy after twenty years

The 2019 ANU Indonesia Update conference takes stock of Indonesian democracy.

What was that election for again?

The make-up of Joko Widodo’s second-term cabinet confirms worrying trends.

Why good women lose elections in Indonesia

Penelitian baru menunjuk bahwa sikap patriarkal dan institusi yang kurang ramah menghalangi suksesnya kandidat perempuan dalam pemilihan.

Campaigning in the shadow of Ahok in NTT

Fears of intolerant Islamic movements have intensified identity politics in Christian communities in the east.

Who’s running on Islam in Indonesia?

A look at the religious rhetoric contained in parliamentary candidates’ campaign platforms.

Indonesia’s democratic paradox

The co-existence of Indonesia’s competitive elections with illiberal trends appears contradictory but the two are in fact interrelated.

Indonesia’s pro-democracy protests cut across deep political cleavages

Bipartisanship and problems of representation in Indonesian politics.

POST-ELECTION DEMOCRACY CHALLENGES

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Indonesia’s democratic paradox

The co-existence of Indonesia’s competitive elections with illiberal trends appears contradictory but the two are in fact interrelated.

Why Indonesia’s electoral system needs reform

Lawmakers have an opportunity to work with experts in civil society and academia to make politics less dependent on financial sponsors.

Indonesia’s pro-democracy protests cut across deep political cleavages

Bipartisanship and problems of representation in Indonesian politics.