Category: Politics

Revisions to raise the legislative threshold risk concentrating power in the hands of a few, stifling representation of women and other minorities, write CWI’s Heru Samosir and Dirga Ardiansa.

How did former Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti transform Indonesia’s fisheries industry during her tenure? Dr Dave McRae chats to Dr Fabio Scarpello in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Even from an investment perspective, the controversial omnibus law looks set to underdeliver, writes Ahmad Syarif Syechbubakr.

As protests rage, legal avenues to overturn the controversial law may no longer be the answer, write Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir and Rafiqa Qurrata A’yun.

How has the Soekarno dynasty survived and thrived for three generations? What are the challenges of regeneration facing the family? Dr Jemma Purdey explores these questions and more with Associate Professor Marcus Mietzner in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Dr Robertus Robet writes that while the #ReformasiDikorupsi protests of 2019 are often considered to have failed, the movement has much greater significance for the future of civil society.

Six years into Jokowi’s presidency, the time for blind optimism about the democratic potential of social media is long gone, writes Ibnu Nadzir.

Rahayu Saraswati (Sara) Djojohadikusumo’s political fortunes are back on the rise, following her surprise loss in the 2019 elections. Dr Jemma Purdey profiles the woman tipped to become the next leader of Gerindra.

More than 100 dynastic politicians are set to compete in the 2020 regional head elections. Yoes C Kenawas examines the roots of the problem and what can be done about it.

Repeated amendments, growing tensions between the centre and the regions and a lack of public consultation appear to be part of the ‘new normal’ for Indonesia’s budget in 2020. But is there a better way? Akhmad Misbakhul Hasan dives into the politics of economic recovery from the pandemic.

Professor Simon Butt examines the hasty revisions made to the Law on the Constitutional Court, writing that the amendments have given too much independence to judges at the Court.

Racist abuse of Papuan students in Java sparked widespread protests in 2019. On the anniversary of the racist incident, Usman Hamid writes that the government needs to be prepared to have a more open conversation about Papua.