Category: Talking Indonesia

How do Indonesia’s often politically active media bosses interfere in the lives of journalists? What are the implications of Jokowi’s victory for the media? Dr Dirk Tomsa chats to Hellena Souisa in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

How did Jokowi go from being a strong supporter of the KPK to playing a major role in limiting its independence? Dr Dave McRae chats to KPK Commissioner Dr Laode Muhammad Syarif in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

What have been the main advances in the rights of sexual and gender minorities since 1998? What are the main threats to these gains, and where are they coming from? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Dede Oetomo in the latest episode of the Talking Indonesia podcast.

How does the government justify the increasing restrictions on freedom of expression that have occurred under President Joko Widodo? How do human rights activists respond? Dr Dirk Tomsa chats to Dr Ken Setiawan in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

How will Indonesia change as the digital economy expands? And what role will government and the private sector play in this transformation? Dr Dave McRae chats to Putri Alam from Google Indonesia in Talking Indonesia.

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.

How can Indonesia wean itself off coal and protect its electricity supply at the same time? What are the prospects for renewables, which currently only make up 7 per cent of Indonesia’s energy mix? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Emanuel Bria in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

What social changes are occurring along with improved levels of education and life expectancy among young Indonesians? Dr Dave McRae chats to Dr Ariane Utomo in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Why do women join extremist networks? What roles do they play in these networks? Dr Dirk Tomsa discusses these questions and more with Nava Nuraniyah in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

How has the Constitutional Court shaped Indonesia’s electoral systems? What were its main considerations in ruling on Prabowo’s challenge to the 2019 election result? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Professor Simon Butt in Talking Indonesia.

As palm oil plantations expand rapidly across Papua, what are its impacts on the forests and peoples whose culture and livelihoods are inextricably linked to them? Dr Jemma Purdey discusses this and more with Dr Sophie Chao in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

What does the growing influence of the Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI) mean for the future of Indonesian democracy? Dr Dirk Tomsa reflects on this issue and more with Dr Saskia Schäfer in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.