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2019/01/17 | The Interpreter

INDONESIA: An Election of Identity Politics and Peace Offerings

Vice presidential nominee Ma’ruf Amin has notably offered an olive branch to former Jakarta mayor Ahok.

2017/10/22 | Vedi Hadiz

Deep-rooted Problems with Democracy in Indonesia

Indonesians who tend towards secular forms of democratic politics should be aware, now more so than ever, of the historical and contemporary weakness of politically liberal (or social democratic) streams within Indonesian politics.

2017/08/03 | Gustav Brown

Old Power Re-Emerges in Indonesia

What appears to be the emergence of a new religious politics in Indonesia is, in reality, the re-emergence of an old power apparatus — that of the New Order deep state.

2017/05/24 | George Quinn

Holy Places and Unholy Politics in Jakarta

A sideshow to the greater narrative of Ahok’s defeat and subsequent conviction for blasphemy, but it lifts a corner of the curtain that hides unexpected intricacies and paradoxes in Indonesia’s polarizing politics of religion.

2017/05/08 | Jeffrey Hutton

Indonesia’s Next Jokowi?

The secret to reform in Indonesia is simple, don’t mention religion.

2017/05/02 | The Japan Times

A Troubling Election in Jakarta

Anies Baswedan must find a way to tack back to the center and govern as a traditional Indonesian politician.

2017/04/28 | Juke Carolina Rumuat

How the Symbols of Indonesia’s Hardline Muslim Groups Reached the Pages of Marvel Comics

An Indonesian artist uploaded a sketch he made for X-Men Gold #1 and was quickly spotted symbols used by the Movement in Defense of Islam.

2017/04/27 | Jeffrey Hutton

Coldplay, Ahok and Fixing Jakarta

To make progress in Jakarta, it won’t be enough to simply say: 'I will fix you.'

2017/04/25 | Erin Cook

Jakarta Election Result Spells Trouble for Jokowi and Indonesia

Whether Anies and Sandiaga will govern along these divisive lines remains to be seen, but it clearly sets a poor standard for repairing the racial and religious fractures still bubbling just beneath the surface of the city.

2017/04/23 | Timo Duile

Reactionary Islamism in Indonesia

At the end of 2016, two large demonstrations organized by reactionary Muslim groups took place in Jakarta. The protesters called for the arrest of the Christian Governor of Jakarta, Basuki Purnama, an ethnic Chinese man commonly referred to as Ahok, whom they accused of blasphemy.

2017/04/18 | Edward Aspinall

Sectarian Schisms to Decide Jakarta’s Election?

If ethnic and religious sectarian politics push Ahok’s opponent over the line, it would bode poorly for the future of Indonesia’s pluralistic democracy.

2017/03/14 | Jeffrey Hutton

Jakarta Keeps Street-Level Integrity amid Indonesia's Colossal Kickback Scandal

Indonesia is in the grips of a kickback scandal that reaches into the pocket of almost every single Indonesian.

2017/02/20 | Jeffrey Hutton

The Heart of the Matter in Jakarta

The silver lining from Wednesday’s results is that Ahok, an ethnic Chinese, was on the ballot at all, writes Jeffrey Hutton in Jakarta.

2017/02/02 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Indonesia’s Critical Tolerance Test

The turmoil surrounding Jakarta's governor is a test of Indonesia's democracy and its commitment to a tolerant and open form of Islam.