The Indonesian police have named Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaya Purnama a suspect in a blasphemy case.
About one-quarter of the world's countries, both in developing and developed economies, have anti-blasphemy laws. Their implementation is always controversial and highly politicised.
Taxi drivers in Jakarta staged a strike over operations of app-based transportation service Uber.
The Indonesian government recently announced it would start to regulate app-based ride-sharing services such as Uber, Grab Taxi and Gojek.
Poor knowledge of mental illness and lack of access to mental health care lead many families in Indonesia to chain mentally ill people in shackles.
Thousands of people with mental illness are shackled in Indonesia even though the practice has long been banned. Why does the practice persist and how can we eliminate it once and for all?
The January terrorist attack in Jakarta indicated a revival of radical jihadi groups in Indonesia.
Indonesia should tackle the job and income insecurities that plague its large young workforce, to help prevent them being lured into joining violent extremist groups.
Despite challenges, Indonesia’s LGBT community continues to fight for its rights.
A recent onslaught against gays and lesbians in Indonesia shows a fresh wave of moral panic over homosexuality in the world's most populous Muslim country.
More than 80% of female circumcision in Indonesia are performed on babies under 1-year-old.
Female genital mutilation have long been carried out by traditional circumcisers in Indonesia. In recent years, the ritual has been increasingly institutionalised into medical practice.
Indonesian academic institutions produce few evidence-based analyses on social issues.
Indonesia should cultivate a culture of peer-review to support academics produce basic social research, essential in creating good policies in the world's fourth most populous country.
If people really want to create a social movement to counter terrorism, we should expand our reach offline.
Indonesians reacted defiantly on social media after the bombings and shootings in Jakarta last week. But how effective is the response on social media in countering terrorism?
Des soldats indonésiens interviennent à la suite des terribles incendies qui ravagent l’archipel depuis plusieurs mois.
L’archipel, en proie à de terribles feux qui sévissent depuis plusieurs mois, manque d’ambition et de clarté dans sa lutte contre le changement climatique.
Forest fires in Indonesia may become an important issue to discuss at Paris 2015 UN Climate Change Conference.
Indonesia's problematic climate plan will make it difficult for the country to achieve its target to reduce emissions.
Indonesian literature is in the global spotlight at the world’s largest book festival.
A brutal anti-communist purge 50 years ago plunged its literature into obscurity. But now, Indonesia is the Guest of Honour of the world's largest book festival. What do you know about its literature?
Australia and Singapore’s new comprehensive strategic partnership is not seen as harmful for neighbouring countries such as Indonesia.
Australia and Singapore recently signed a comprehensive strategic partnership on the 50th anniversary of their relationship. How would the new partnership affect Indonesia?
Governments should allow flexible regulations to capture the wave of disruptive innovations.
Ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Gojek are disrupting the market for traditional transportation services in Jakarta.
Muslims around the world are fasting in the month of Ramadan.
Consumption increases during the month of Ramadan in countries where Muslims are the majority.
The image of West Papua have always been framed by outsiders.
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Conflicting policies on Papua reveal that the Indonesian government frame its easternmost region as a problem.
Indonesia’s anti-drug policy that enforces the death penalty for drug traffickers is in line with international law.
International pressure has mounted on Indonesia in recent months to stop its enforcement of the death penalty. But Indonesia should maintain its tough anti-drug stance.
Representatives of many newly independent countries gathered in Bandung, Indonesia, in 1955.
The event that gave us the term Third World was a response to the Cold War and colonialism. Solidarity still exists among developing nations that worked for decades to reform the world order.
Indonesia is hosting the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Asian-African Conference.
As Indonesia hosts the 60th-anniversary summit of the Asia-Africa Conference, the challenge is to develop an agenda that is relevant to the nations of the two continents in the 21st century.
The Indonesia Ulema Council issued a fatwa that says same-sex relations should be punished by death.
What are the implications for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Indonesians of an edict from the nation's top Muslim clerical body that homosexuality is a sin that should be punishable by death?
The Indonesian public is demanding President Joko Widodo act decisively to save the country’s anti-corruption agency (KPK) from being undermined by the police.
Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is often hailed as an example of a successful anti-corruption agency. KPK’s workload is enormous as Southeast Asia’s biggest economy continues to be…