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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…
Political realities are creeping up on Indonesian President Joko Widodo as PDI-P party chairwoman Megawati (second right) and other powerful figures are behind Jokowi nominating graft suspect Budi Gunawan as police chief. EPA/Sapoe Jagad

To fight corruption in Indonesia, striking a balance is not enough

Entering the fourth month since his inauguration, Indonesian President Joko Widodo (popularly known as Jokowi) is facing challenges to his leadership and to anti-corruption efforts in Southeast Asia’s…
Death row inmates Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan find themselves at the centre of a series of complex Indonesian political controversies. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Bali Nine: hypocrisy, politics and courts play out in death row lottery

One of the strongest arguments against the death penalty is that its administration is fundamentally unfair. Too often, the question of who receives a death sentence and whether and when it is actually…
The challenges facing Indonesia’s new president Joko Widodo are clearly reflected in the choices in his first cabinet. EPA/Mast Irham

Indonesian president makes shaky start with cabinet of compromises

Indonesia’s new president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo faces three major challenges as he begins his five-year term. The compromise cabinet he has announced clearly reflects this. The first challenge is obvious…
Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s cabinet line-up does not reflect a clean break from the old oligarchy. EPA/Adi Weda

Indonesia’s cabinet line-up: not all the president’s men

Indonesia’s new president Joko Widodo announced his cabinet on Sunday afternoon and they were formally sworn in the next day. Analysts, politicians and business communities gave mixed responses to the…
As the new Indonesian president, Jokowi will need a hardworking and clean cabinet. EPA/Adi Weda

How will Indonesia’s president put together his new cabinet?

In his speech after being sworn into office, Indonesian President Joko Widodo yesterday called for Indonesians to “work, work and work”. Jokowi, as the president is popularly known, also has to work hard…
Tony Abbott arrives in Jakarta to attend the inauguration of Joko Widodo as Indonesia’s new president. AAP/Eka Nickmatulhuda

Q&A: Abbott’s hand of friendship to Indonesia’s new president

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is joining in a big party in Indonesia. Indonesia’s new president and vice-president are being inaugurated today. Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Jusuf “JK” Kalla are being…

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