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2022/04/12 | Deutsche Welle

Indonesia: Thousands of Students Protest Rumored Election Delay

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.

2022/02/17 | East Asia Forum

Presidential Politics Heats up in Indonesia

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.

2021/09/17 | Deutsche Welle

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

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.

2021/01/19 | Tonggo Simangunsong

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

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

2020/11/23 | Sylvie Tanaga

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

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

2020/02/10 | The Interpreter

Australia-Indonesia: An Uncertain World Makes for Firm Friends

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

2019/03/27 | New Mandala

INDONESIA: Which Candidates Are Running on Islamic Identity?

Candidates for legislative office in Indonesia's upcoming elections seem hesitant to latch onto polarizing religious rhetoric.

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.

2018/09/10 | Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat & Hanif Muhammad

ANALYSIS: Jokowi & Subianto Have Few Answers for Faltering Indonesian Economy

Presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto fired his first shot at incumbent Joko Widodo's economic policy, but both candidates have plenty to prove.

2018/08/08 | East Asia Forum

ANALYSIS: How to Unlock the Potential of Indonesia's Women-Led SMEs

Policymakers in Indonesia should do more to facilitate the growth of women-led small and medium enterprises, which contributed 10% of Indonesia's 2014 GDP.

2018/08/06 | Mongabay

China's Belt and Road Might Endanger the World's Rarest Ape

A key Belt and Road hydropower dam project in Sumatra, Indonesia could threaten the rarest species of great ape in the world. Only about 800 Tapanuli orangutans remain, and they may be right in China's path.

2018/02/26 | TIME

INDONESIA: Widodo Makes Show of Paying for Metallica Album

The gift was presented by Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen on a state visit last year.

2017/05/22 | Phelim Kine

OPINION: Indonesia, Please Stop Public Flogging of Gay Men

The president should denounce punishment of 85 lashes for ‘sodomy’ in Aceh, writes Phelim Kine.

2017/02/16 | Liam Gammon

Jokowi’s Stake in Jakarta’s Gubnatorial Race

After the results of the polls yesterday, Ahok and Anies will compete in a runoff election in April. An Ahok victory was and is Jokowi’s ideal scenario

2016/11/02 | Sidney Jones

Why Indonesian Religious Extremists are Gaining Ground

Indonesia’s spineless political leaders have allowed extremists to seize the momentum and foment religious hatred.