Category: Analysis

Will the government be able to pull off its plan to move the capital to East Kalimantan? What are the potential social, economic and environmental impacts? Dr Charlotte Setijadi speaks to Dr Martin Siyaranamual and Dr Rita Padawangi in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

National legislators have finally made good on their threats to weaken the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Professor Simon Butt examines the key provisions in the revised KPK Law.

Bahasa Indonesia is the mother tongue of less than 10 per cent of the Indonesian population. Senza Arsendy makes the case for greater use of local languages in the education of young students.

Dr Richard Chauvel writes that exposure of racism towards Papuans has prompted a shift in the discourse about the acceptance of Papuans in Indonesia.

Anugerah Rizki Akbari takes a look at the latest draft of the problematic new criminal code, which the legislature aims to pass later this month.

Professor Simon Butt examines key legal issues associated with Indonesia’s first simultaneous presidential and legislative elections.

More than 20 years have passed since Soeharto left power, and many aspects of “Indonesian art” have changed, but as Alison Carroll writes, global curators’ ideas about what constitutes Indonesian art remain largely the same.

Dr Helen Pausacker takes a closer look at the case of Baiq Nuril, convicted after recording sexual harassment by her employer, and how it compares to other convictions under the problematic ITE Law.

In spite of the challenges involved with establishing a new capital, Dr Amanda Achmadi writes that the proposal is a valuable opportunity to discuss what constitutes Indonesia beyond Java, and how regional Indonesians see their future as part of the nation.

Febi Yonesta writes that Indonesia desperately needs to resolve the inconsistency between refugee policy and practice if it is to respect and protect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees who may be in the country for years to come.

The Constitutional Court will begin hearing Prabowo Subianto’s challenge to his election loss on 14 June. Professor Simon Butt takes a close look at his application.

Ahmad Syarif Syechbubakr writes that most analyses of the recent Jakarta riots have ignored the social situation on the ground, which provided a fertile environment for the riots to escalate.