Category: 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.

In this week’s Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Dave McRae speaks to the University of Melbourne’s Dr Ken Setiawan about her recent trip to Buru Island, where her father was held as a political prisoner from 1971 to 1978.

Several hundred Indonesian Muslims have left the country to fight in Syria and Iraq. In this week’s Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Dave McRae speaks to Dr Muhamad Najib Azca, from Gadjah Mada University, about the issue, and what the government can do to manage the risks posed by their return.

How does the foreign policy of Indonesia’s new president, Joko Widodo, differ to that of his predecessor, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono? Dr Dave McRae explores this issue, among others, with Dr Evi Fitriani, from the University of Indonesia, in the second instalment of Talking Indonesia.

Is generational change taking place within Indonesia’s political parties? Dr Dave McRae explores this issue and more with Philips Vermonte, from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, in the first episode of the new Talking Indonesia podcast.