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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. Reuters/Antara News Agency

Facing bumps, but on the right track: Indonesia’s democratic progress

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? EPA/Mast Irham

Views from abroad: how is the world seeing 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.
Indonesia’s unofficial ‘pause’ on the death penalty has come too late for Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Moratorium or not, Indonesia could be abandoning the death penalty

Whether Indonesia’s unofficial 'moratorium' on the death penalty is genuine or temporary, this is an advocacy moment for Australia to seize.
Indonesia is forcing people with drug dependence problems to go into rehab. joloei/www.shutterstock.com

Forced rehabilitation of drug users in Indonesia not a solution

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. EPA/Mast Irham

Papuans and Jokowi are hostage to Indonesian politics

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. AAP Image/Eka Nickmatulhuda

How will a 40% cut in Australian aid affect Indonesia?

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. EPA/Bagus Indahono

Bali Nine response must manage power shift in Indonesian relations

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. AAP/Steve Christo

Grattan on Friday: Australia-Indonesia relationship will never be easy

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.
The Australian-Indonesia relationship has become frosty and personal, which will test the diplomatic skills of Tony Abbott and Joko Widodo. AAP/Eka Nickmatulhuda

Bali Nine: poor political leadership creates lasting bilateral problems

The execution of Bali Nine pair Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan presents major problems for the Australian and Indonesian governments.
A number of supporters of Joko Widodo are becoming disillusioned by his lack of power to prevent the anti-corruption agenda in Indonesia from being undermined. EPA/Mast Irham

Jokowi’s supporters are starting to doubt the ‘Indonesian Obama’

Four months into his presidency, people are appalled by Jokowi's weakness in preventing efforts to undermine Indonesia's anti-graft agency.
It is hard to understand exactly where Indonesia under Joko Widodo stands on the death penalty. EPA/Mast Irham

Indonesia’s stance on the death penalty has become incoherent

For months, Indonesian President Joko Widodo – popularly known as Jokowi – has repeatedly stated his determination to show no mercy to drug offenders facing execution. Jokowi is even reported as having…
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. AAP/Dani Daniar

Indonesia’s political elites drive anti-graft agency into jeopardy

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…

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