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Indonesia’s Jokowi Registers All-Time High Approval Rating
January 23, 2023

Indonesia’s Jokowi Registers All-Time High Approval Rating

By Sebastian Strangio
With just a year until the end of his second and final term in office, Joko Widodo is more popular than ever.

In Indonesia, Thousands Rally Against Presidential Job Decree
January 16, 2023

In Indonesia, Thousands Rally Against Presidential Job Decree

By Sebastian Strangio
Critics accuse President Joko Widodo of using emergency powers to circumvent a Constitutional Court's ruling on a controversial jobs creation law.
Why Can’t a Nation of 276 Million People Field a Decent Soccer Team?
December 20, 2022

Why Can’t a Nation of 276 Million People Field a Decent Soccer Team?

By William Yuen Yee
Despite the Indonesian public's passion for the world game, the "Red and White" have consistently under-performed on the global stage.

Indonesia’s Latest Tilt Toward Authoritarianism
December 19, 2022

Indonesia’s Latest Tilt Toward Authoritarianism

By Rizal Ramli
With this month's passage of a revised criminal code, the country has taken another step back to the Suharto era.

The Malang Tragedy: What It Reveals About Indonesian Politics
November 18, 2022

The Malang Tragedy: What It Reveals About Indonesian Politics

By Rizal Ramli
The recent tragedy at Kanjuruhan Stadium reflects a much larger question of power and accountability.

In the Midst of Protest, Hopes of Reform in Indonesia
October 06, 2022

In the Midst of Protest, Hopes of Reform in Indonesia

By Rizal Ramli
Protests against the recent reduction in fuel subsidies speak to a deeper discontent with the country's direction under President Joko Widodo.

Indonesian Leader Calls for Unity, Braces for Global Crises
August 17, 2022

Indonesian Leader Calls for Unity, Braces for Global Crises

By Niniek Karmini
In his State of the Nation address, President Joko Widodo said Indonesians must face challenges “with prudence and vigilance.”
Indonesian Defense Minister Readies for Third Presidential Run
August 10, 2022

Indonesian Defense Minister Readies for Third Presidential Run

By Sebastian Strangio
More than 18 months out from the country's next presidential election, the jostling and maneuvering is kicking into high gear.

Who Will Lead Indonesia’s PDI-P Into the 2024 Election?
July 27, 2022

Who Will Lead Indonesia’s PDI-P Into the 2024 Election?

By Jefferson Ng
As President Joko Widodo approaches the end of his second term, it is shaping up as a race in two.

Indonesian President Reshuffles Cabinet Amid Food Inflation Crisis
June 16, 2022

Indonesian President Reshuffles Cabinet Amid Food Inflation Crisis

By Sebastian Strangio
The shuffle follows a series of flailing government actions to rein in the spiraling price of cooking oil.

Is Indonesia’s Grand Experiment with Democracy Coming to an End?
June 03, 2022

Is Indonesia’s Grand Experiment with Democracy Coming to an End?

By Dr. Rizal Ramli
A push to allow President Joko Widodo to run for a third term threatens to erode the foundations of the country's multiparty system.
Hundreds in Jakarta Protest Talk of 2024 Election Delay
April 21, 2022

Hundreds in Jakarta Protest Talk of 2024 Election Delay

By Fadlan Syam and Niniek Karmini
Rumors that President Joko Widodo is seeking to extend his time in office continue to spark protests, alongside inflation and controversial legislation.

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