Bold actions needed to revitalise Indonesian economy

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Bold actions needed to revitalise Indonesian economy

In the late 1990s the Indonesian economy was in the midst of one of the deepest economic crises in recent global history. The 32-year authoritarian rule of former president Suharto had ended ingloriously, with no political roadmap for succession. There were various ‘Yugoslav’ scenarios of territorial disintegration. There were also ominous ethnic disputes, generating a […]

Indonesia foreign worker reform unlikely prior to election

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Indonesia foreign worker reform unlikely prior to election

Controversy has surrounded revision of Indonesia’s foreign worker regulations ever since a presidential regulation (PP20) on the subject was issued on March 26. This is hardly surprising considering 2019 is an election year. Parties and potential presidential candidates are already looking for standout issues to garner public support. It is surprising, however, that President Joko […]

Indonesia’s Liberal Democratic Reforms’ Slide to a ‘Neo-New Order’

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Indonesia’s Liberal Democratic Reforms’ Slide to a ‘Neo-New Order’

On 16 September, police broke up an academic discussion at the offices of renowned activist NGO the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH). The topic was the killings of alleged leftists in 1965 and 1966 in the wake of the failed coup that brought former president Suharto to power, public discussion of which has often raised the […]

Conservative Jokowi No Reformer

Conservative Jokowi No Reformer

In his first year in office, Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) failed to deliver on his promises of reform. As former New York governor Mario Cuomo nicely put it: ‘We campaign in poetry, but when we’re elected we’re forced to govern in prose’. Yet, six months on, things may be picking up for Jokowi. It […]