Burhanuddin Muhtadi

Burhanuddin Muhtadi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University (ANU) and a lecturer at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN). He is also an executive director of Indikator Politik Indonesia. He has published his work in the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES), Asian Journal of Social Sciences, and the Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies.

President Joko Widodo appointed a new cabinet on 27 July, adding nine new faces. Burhanuddin Muhtadi writes that the reshuffle was a pragmatic move aimed at consolidating his now broad ruling coalition and providing him with greater freedom to implement his priority programs. He might appear to be playing it safe, Burhanuddin says, but this strategy is not without risks.

Indonesians were stunned earlier this month after a photo emerged of Bogor Mayor Bima Arya opening the new office of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), an organisation that openly rejects democracy and the Indonesian state. Burhanuddin Muhtadi looks at the movement and its strategy to revive a transnational Islamic caliphate.