High-tech startup success stories shouldn’t hide that the Indonesian economy and population are relying primarily on a myriad of micro and small businesses that are low-tech and low-growth.
Micro-entrepreneurs make up the bulk of the Indonesian economy and population. But red tape and corruption are keeping them from entering the 'formal' sector.
A man protesting against the government’s new power to ban organisations deemed anti-Pancasila, Indonesia’s state ideology.
A recently passed regulation in lieu of law allows the government to ban organisations deemed against Indonesia's state ideology Pancasila. It marks a troubling turn towards ultra-nationalism.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the signing ceremony on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, May 14 2017.
Using the country's foreign policy to support national development will equip Indonesia to navigate geopolitical shifts.
President Joko Widodo has taken an unconventional route to national office.
Jakarta’s gubernatorial election is by far the most significant political event of the year in Indonesia. Not only is Jakarta Indonesia’s biggest and most important city, the election matters because of…
Jokowi’s timetable omitted several of the high-profile events planned for the earlier visit.
Jokowi’s visit was a good deal shorter than the one planned for last year. But it did highlight several important issues in the bilateral relationship.
The rally triggered by alleged blasphemy by Jakarta governor Ahok was really a vehicle for conservative groups to protest Joko Widodo.
An enormous rally in Jakarta, organised by hardline Islamic militia group the Islamic Defenders Front, appears to have mobilised a diverse group of conservative Muslims in Indonesia.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo announces the new members of his cabinet on Wednesday.
Great expectations distorts the political horse-trading that shaped the new cabinet of Indonesia.
The presence of civil society representatives, such as State Secretary Praktikno (left), a former university rector, in government shows increased plurality in Indonesia’s bureaucracy.
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Indonesian activists see that opportunities for them to enter the state arena and influence the policy process are opening up with Joko Widodo's presidency.
Does the rest of the world care about Australia’s election?
Experts in the UK, US, India, Indonesia and NZ explain how Australia's election is playing out abroad and what's at stake for our neighbours and allies.
Jokowi: scourge of corruption?
A dynamic new president promised Indonesians sweeping reform of a rotten system. Instead, all they've gotten are baby steps.
Indonesia’s unofficial ‘pause’ on the death penalty has come too late for Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.
Whether Indonesia’s unofficial 'moratorium' on the death penalty is genuine or temporary, this is an advocacy moment for Australia to seize.
Ready for work – new faces in Indonesia’s cabinet.
We asked experts on Indonesian politics and economy how they see the August 12 cabinet reshuffle.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo plans to establish a rights committee to resolve past human rights abuses.
Activists and victims of human rights abuses in Indonesia are worried that a new rights committee will not stop the culture of impunity.
Indonesia is forcing people with drug dependence problems to go into rehab.
Indonesia's war on drugs aims to protect the country's young generation from an alleged "national drug emergency." But the government's coercive approach is harming the people it wishes to protect.
Joko Widodo is surrounded by politicians and military generals with agendas that are unlikely to help the Papuans.
The future of Papuans remains subject to the swirling mists of Indonesian national and international political intrigue.
President Joko Widodo is not crying over cuts to Australian aid for Indonesia.
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Australia has cut aid to Indonesia by 40%. That may cause diplomatic displeasure, but the country has restructured its development programs in recent years to be less dependent on foreign money.
Indonesians are sensitive about issues of respect for their nation and its sovereignty, as protests at Tony Abbott’s linking of aid with calls for clemency showed.
Indonesians have long felt that Australia lacks respect for their nation's sovereignty, but Indonesia's status as a rising power adds to the urgency of recalibrating our approach to the relationship.
Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott greets Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo during the 2014 G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane.
Since Tony Abbott became prime minister, three issues have strained relations with Indonesia. Before the fracture over the fate of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, there were difficulties from the Coalition's tow-back policy and a major crisis after revelations of Australian spying.
Human rights lawyer Mulya Lubis shows reporters Myuran Sukumaran’s painting, ‘The Second Last Day’.
Indonesia’s most distinguished practising human rights lawyer, Mulya Lubis, is central to continuing efforts in Indonesia to abolish the death penalty.
The Australian-Indonesia relationship has become frosty and personal, which will test the diplomatic skills of Tony Abbott and Joko Widodo.
The execution of Bali Nine pair Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan presents major problems for the Australian and Indonesian governments.