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Why has Jokowi been able to maintain his lead in the polls so easily? What obstacles has the Prabowo campaign faced so far? Dr Dirk Tomsa discusses these and other questions with Dr Djayadi Hanan in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

For several days after the 2014 election, both Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto claimed victory on the basis of differing quick count results. Could Indonesia see a similar debacle in 2019? Dr Dirk Tomsa has been monitoring developments in the polling sector.

President Joko Widodo has often faced claims that he is “criminalising” ulama, or religious leaders. Azis Anwar Fachrudin looks at how many religious leaders Jokowi has sent to prison, and asks, are the complaints about criminalisation missing the point?

Hundreds of Indonesian women marked International Women’s Day on 8 March by marching through Central Jakarta and demanding action against violence and harassment of women. Dr Monika Winarnita and Gavin Height take a look at the broad range of groups and individuals who participated.

President Joko Widodo’s administration has been no friend of workers over the past five years. What does this mean for the trade unions that supported him in 2014? Professor Michele Ford examines how labour issues are playing out in the 2019 elections.

How is the Indonesian economy performing and what are the key economic issues for voters? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to economist Dr Lana Soelistianingsih about these issues and more in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Ahmad Syarif Syechbubakr writes that mainstream Muslim organisations have enthusiastically backed government efforts to fight intolerance because they are concerned about conservative groups’ growing popularity, not just their intolerance.

Earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic explosions – 2018 was a tumultuous year for Indonesia. Madelina Ariani asks how the health sector can provide a better safety net in 2019 and beyond.

The arrest of academic Robertus Robet on Thursday for allegedly insulting the Indonesian Military (TNI) has shocked Indonesia. Leopold Sudaryono examines the many legal problems involved with the case against Robet.

How will the 2019 elections matter to labour unions, and how can unions influence the result? Dr Dave McRae chats to Professor Michele Ford in Talking Indonesia. Look out for new episodes every week until after the elections on 17 April.

The government has recently implemented a new school zoning policy in an attempt to reduce educational inequality. It’s a good start, writes Senza Arsendy, but more work is needed to ensure all students have access to quality education.

In the latest episode of the Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Charlotte Setijadi chats to Dr Jafar Suryomenggolo about the creativity and agency of Indonesian foreign domestic workers. What do their literary works reveal about their lives and the challenges they face?

How are political parties and candidates using big data to target their campaigns in the upcoming elections? Do any laws protect citizens’ personal data? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Wahyudi Djafar in a special ‘Policy in Focus’ episode of Talking Indonesia.

Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno have said their campaign will focus on President Joko Widodo’s economic weaknesses. But Matthew Busch writes that Prabowo’s attacks have so far fallen short, even though he has plenty of material to work with.

Bali is home to a vibrant environmental movement involving collaboration between activists, artists and musicians. In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Dirk Tomsa chats to Dr Edwin Jurriens about the main players and how they are using art and music to promote change.

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