Joko Widodo


China and Indonesia’s Self-Serving Ukraine Peace Plans

East Asia Forum

Indonesia did vote on 2 March 2022 for a UN General Assembly resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But Prabowo’s recent proposal, like China’s position, fails to name the aggressor. It seeks to freeze the war, leaving Russia the option to revive its aggression.


Indonesia Gets the Ball Rolling On Domestic Worker Rights

The Interpreter

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has endorsed the Domestic Worker Protection Bill, showing moral support for Indonesians who were employed overseas as domestic workers and sending a strong message to migrant-receiving countries like Malaysia and Taiwan to protect the rights of these workers.


Indonesia’s New Criminal Code Turns Representatives Into Rulers

New Mandala

Activists say provisions in the code smack of the Sukarno-era Anti-Subversion Law, a vaguely-worded statute that was used to great effect by the Suharto regime to repress and intimidate dissidents.


China and Indonesia Agree To Boost Relations During Beijing Meeting

Deutsche Welle

The leaders of China and Indonesia have laid out plan of expanding cooperation in an array of areas. Indonesian President Joko Widodo is the first world leader to visit Beijing since February.


Indonesia: Thousands of Students Protest Rumored Election Delay

Deutsche Welle

President Joko Widodo promised not to delay elections in order to hold on to power, but many aren’t convinced. Monday's protests echoed those that ousted President Suharto in 1998.


Presidential Politics Heats up in Indonesia

East Asia Forum

Jokowi and his coalition partners have been preoccupied not just with the remaining two years of this presidential term, but also with the remainder of the decade. They have been prepared to countenance options that are contrary to democratic principles.


Indonesia: Jakarta Court Rules in Favor of Residents’ Clean Air Bid

Deutsche Welle

A court has ordered President Joko Widodo and other top officials to take measures to tackle air pollution. It's a landmark ruling for the residents who filed the case, but not everyone is celebrating.


Indonesian Government Official Threatens Legal Trouble For Those Who Refuse Covid-19 Vaccine

Tonggo Simangunsong

An Indonesian government official has spoken of penalizing citizens who refuse mandatory Covid-19 vaccination. Human rights organizations and experts have condemned the idea.


‘Man of Contradictions’: Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo

Sylvie Tanaga

Ben Bland's biography of Indonesia's president Joko Widodo is a study of compromises made to ascend the heights of political power.


Australia-Indonesia: An Uncertain World Makes for Firm Friends

The Interpreter

Australia and Indonesia have more and more in common, a fact which should challenge old tropes about their differences.

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