Category: Talking Indonesia

Police have named Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian affiliated with ISIS, as the suspected mastermind of the Jakarta attacks. Who is he, and does this mean Indonesia should expect further attacks from ISIS-affiliated in groups in the country? In this special edition of Talking Indonesia, Dr Dave McRae explores these issues with Solahudin, a leading expert on jihadism in Indonesia.

British naturalist Alfred Wallace was a leading evolutionary scholar known for describing the Wallace Line, which separates the distinct flora and fauna of eastern and western Indonesia. In Talking Indonesia, Dr Dave McRae speaks to Dr Jeff Neilson, who is exploring the relevance of “a Wallacean worldview” for the study of sustainable livelihoods.

What accounts for the sympathetic and supportive Indonesian response Rohingya asylum seekers received on their arrival in Aceh in May, and how have they fared since? Dr Dave McRae explores these issues and more with Dr Antje Missbach in the final Talking Indonesia podcast for 2015.

On 9 December, about half of Indonesia will return to the polls to elect 260 district leaders and nine governors. How important are these local elections? And will recent reforms aimed at improving their quality be effective? Dr Dave McRae explores these issues with Titi Anggraini, director of the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem).

What mental health issues does Indonesia face, and are the drivers similar to other countries? What treatment options are available, and does stigma affect access to treatment? Dr Dave McRae explores these issues with Dr Diana Setiyawati, the director of the Centre for Public Mental Health at Gadjah Mada University, in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

What is resource nationalism, what is driving its emergence in Indonesia, and what does it mean for the country? Dr Dave McRae explores these issues with PhD candidate Eve Warburton in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

Next Tuesday will mark one year since President Joko Widodo assumed office. What have we learned about him as a leader during his first year in power? Dr Dave McRae explores this issue and more with PhD candidate Wawan Mas’udi in Talking Indonesia.

What are the prospects for abolition or reduction in the use of the death penalty in the remainder of President Joko Widodo’s time in office? Dr Dave McRae explores these issues with Bali Nine lawyer Professor Todung Mulya Lubis in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

In the midst of growing anti-foreign sentiment in Indonesia, how do Chinese Indonesians perceive China’s rise, and how does it affect their position in Indonesian society? Dr Dave McRae explores these questions and more with Dr Charlotte Setijadi in Talking Indonesia.

About 18,000 Indonesians have studied in Australia on government-funded scholarships since the 1940s. What has the impact of these scholarships been, for the students themselves, for Indonesia and Australia? Dr Dave McRae explores this question with Dr Jemma Purdey, who has recently completed a study on the issue.

How badly has the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) been damaged by the recent conflict with the police? How can it best fight graft in the current environment? Dave McRae puts these questions and more to Professor Jimly Asshidiqie, a potential future KPK commissioner, in this week’s Talking Indonesia podcast.

How do Indonesian Muslims’ beliefs about Islam affect their political and economic behaviour? Dr Dave McRae explores this issue with Associate Professor Tom Pepinsky in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia. Photo by Dave McRae.