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.
While former Muslim militants swap bullets for ballots in Central Sulawesi, a community in West Nusa Tenggara appears to be going the other way, write Ihsan Ali-Fauzi, Irsyad Rafsadie and Siswo Mulyartono.
Professor Tim Lindsey writes that Jokowi’s backtracking on plans to release Abu Bakar Ba’asyir is a reminder that there are still powerful nationalist forces in government who regarded Islamist hardliners as an existential threat.