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Indonesia without Luhut Pandjaitan

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Powerful Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan is a serious player in the coal mining industry, despite the conflicts of interest involved.

Why do so many Indonesians back Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

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Indonesian governments and society have historically supported victims of aggression and conflict, so why do so many Indonesians, especially online, seem to support the Russian invasion?

Rifts within NU and PKB complicate road to 2024

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The National Awakening Party (PKB) is sometimes described as the political vehicle of Islamic organisation Nahdlatul Ulama (NU). So why was PKB leader Muhaimin Iskandar absent from the swearing-in ceremony for the new NU leadership team?

Talking Indonesia: progressive politics

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What does it mean to be "progressive" in an Indonesian context? What does the experience of PSI in 2019 reveal about support for progressive politics in the country? Dr Dave McRae chats with Dr Amalinda Savirani in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Nahdlatul Ulama’s new chair faces a difficult choice: political neutrality or patronage

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What will the election of Yahya Cholil Staquf as the new leader of Nahdlatul Ulama mean for Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation, and politics more broadly?

Best of 2021

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Indonesia at Melbourne will be taking a short break over the New Year period. Here we present the articles and episodes that attracted your attention in 2021. We look forward to seeing you again in mid-January 2022!

Building back better from Covid-19 for a greying society

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Recognising that Indonesia's population is getting older, the government recently launched a national ageing strategy. The challenge will now be making sure its plans are actually implemented.

Nahdlatul Ulama leadership race vulnerable to political intervention

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As the race for Nahdlatul Ulama's next leader heats up, there are already indications that competition between the two leading contenders is becoming increasingly politicised.

Women have been hit harder by the pandemic. As Indonesia assumes leadership of the G20, it has a chance to do something about the problem.

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If Indonesia is going to lead global economic recovery from Covid-19, recovery plans must address gender inequality.  

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