Moh Zaki Arrobi writes that the decision of the Indonesian military (TNI) and National Police to work with social organisations and gangsters to enforce health protocols is a new manifestation of an old practice.
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.
What do the recent tensions between China and Indonesia north of the Natuna Islands tell us about the implications of China’s rise for Indonesia? Dr Dave McRae chats to Emirza Adi Syailendra in the first episode of Talking Indonesia for 2020.
The Indonesian government has recently issued a decree on addressing “radicalism” among civil servants. Kate Grealy warns that vague definitions of radicalism mean there is a risk the policy could be used to silence the government’s opponents.
Are perceptions about the politicisation of law enforcement justified? How do the government and other external parties intervene in legal cases? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Dian Rositawati in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.
The struggle to convince a re-elected Jokowi government to abandon its dead-end policies in Papua will be much more difficult without the faith, vision and determination of Neles Tebay, writes Dr Richard Chauvel.