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Between throwing rocks and a hard place : FPI and the Jakarta riots

Ian Wilson 03/06/19

Many of the questions surrounding who was responsible for the violence that erupted in Jakarta on 21–22 May will likely never be answered. Prevailing theories suggest roles for a mix of interests and actors, involving paid thugs, religious (...)

Another fork in the road for democracy ?

Dave McRae, Dirk Tomsa 02/04/19

Five years ago, many saw the electoral contest between Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto as a battle between good and evil. In April 2019, the two men face-off again for the presidency. This time it seems more like a case of the lesser of two (...)

Are Indonesia and Malaysia Ready to Stand up for China’s Muslims (...)

Nithin Coca 30/01/19

The two Southeast Asian states might be the best hope for pressure from the Islamic world. By now, the scale of the crisis is clear. There are up to 3 million Turkic Muslims – primarily Uyghurs but also ethnic Kazakhs and Kyrgyz – in a vast (...)

Jokowi’s authoritarian turn

Tom Power 16/10/18

Several insightful analyses of Joko Widodo’s approach to the presidency have been advanced since he took office. For the most part, these have focused on his overriding preoccupation with domestic economic development, and his lack of a clear (...)

Ubérisation : des conséquences ambiguës pour le Sud

Cédric Leterme 04/07/18

On conçoit souvent, à raison, « l’ubérisation » du travail comme une forme de régression par rapport à l’emploi salarié classique. Mais dans les pays où celui-ci n’a jamais constitué la norme, ses conséquences peuvent se révéler plus ambiguës. C’est du moins (...)

Who is in control of Indonesia ?

Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir 04/09/17

Civilian militias and other societal groups that can exercise violence with legitimacy are proliferating throughout Indonesia. So far two dominant perspectives have been used to explain this phenomenon. The first argues that vigilantism and (...)

Secousses islamistes en Indonésie

Marie Beyer, Martine Bulard 29/05/17

Djakarta, 9 mai 2017. « Coupable de blasphème ». Le gouverneur de Djakarta, M. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, couramment appelé Ahok, a été condamné à deux ans de prison ferme pour ce délit, bien inscrit à la Constitution mais très contesté au sein d’une (...)

Jakarta : inequality and the poverty of elite pluralism

Ian Wilson 26/04/17

Judging from national and international headlines, Jakarta’s gubernatorial election on 19 April represents not just a major turning point for the nation’s capital and city of 12 million, but potentially for the entire country. The alarmist tone is (...)

Indonesia and ‘transparent sex’

Hendri Yulius 20/01/17

Conservative attacks on homosexuality and LGBT in Indonesia have branched out into a broader assault on feminism and the intrusion of the state into previously private spheres of life, Hendri Yulius writes. In the last year there have been (...)

Has Jokowi handed a strategic victory to radicals ?

Muhammad A.S. Hikam 08/12/16

By appearing at Friday’s anti-Ahok rally, Jokowi has gained momentary political advantage at the expense of legitimising the political role of extremists, A.S. Hikam writes. The so-called ‘super damai’—or ‘super peaceful’—demonstration at Jakarta’s (...)

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