The presence of the first ladies in diplomatic activities shows the existence of feminine norms in the midst of political masculinity in the state leadership.
Despite vague results of what the shuttle diplomacy will contribute to the world, at least the visits resemble Indonesia’s, if not Jokowi’s, own interest.
Australia’s new prime minister has made it clear Indonesia is of utmost diplomatic importance to Australia.
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Some powerful Indonesians want the 2024 elections postponed - potentially leading the country down a slippery slope that could threaten its hard-won democracy.
A truly mature relationship requires high levels of public participation and awareness, and this is what needs work with our northern neighbour.
The budget number, slated to cover a 25-year-period, is not peculiar. Nevertheless, weapon systems procurement needs to involve good governance, accountability and legislative oversight.
New cases have more than doubled in the past two weeks, sparking concerns that last month’s Eid holiday could have been a super-spreader event.
The institutional design of BRIN allows for political intervention, showing how the Indonesian government is unwilling to prioritise research and technology.
Presidentialism in Indonesia creates very specific political dynamics.
Reversing the year-long trend all comes down to good policymaking, driven by data and research.
Jokowi’s administration has been unable to deal with the pandemic effectively because it lacks political will and fears it could wreck the economy and, with it, his legacy.
Even though Australians and Indonesians are both friendly and easy-going, systemic boundaries can slow down the process of collaboration.
The Indonesian president outlined four major steps to improve the relationship, two of which were quite unexpected.
By giving minister positions to both supporting and opposing parties, Jokowi seems to want to consolidate political power in this second government period.
Morrison stressed “that we will never feel corralled into any sort of binary assessment of these relationships” - assessments that said “pro-United States or pro-China”.
Indonesia passes a regressive anti-democratic law – with more to come – just as BJ Habibie dies, the president who championed the dramatic reform process that transformed Indonesia after 1998.
Whoever wins the election, Indonesia’s foreign policy, in which the nation does not align with any superpower and has an active role in contributing to world peace, will remain.
We ask political and human rights experts to analyse what Jokowi’s victory means, based on this early quick count, for civil liberties and the protection of human rights in Indonesia.
Jokowi’s challenger, Prabowo Subianto, has vowed to contest the result and urged his supporters to the streets – and that win him leverage in the new administration.