Joko Widodo is prevented from running again for president. But a court ruling has thrown next year’s elections in doubt and rumours abound of efforts to keep him in power longer.
A truly mature relationship requires high levels of public participation and awareness, and this is what needs work with our northern neighbour.
Tensions have been building over the last month following the killing of an Indonesian intelligence chief. The government has vowed to ‘chase and arrest’ all armed militants in the region.
Tourism development should support local communities to increase their skills and knowledge to better equip them to be resilient to crises and economic shocks.
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.
Indonesia is paying the price for failing to control the spread of the coronavirus. The country needs to change course and give priority to public health as the first step in repairing the economy.
There are three key factors behind the government’s poor COVID-19 responses in the past nine months, and Indonesians can take steps to fix this.
The increasing dependence of Indonesia on China has negative economic and political repercussions.
There are three main reasons for the the public disappointment in Jokowi.
The government’s decision not to delay the elections is driven mostly by economic reasons, though political factors also come into play.
A pandemic can amplify friction and tension between jurisdictions – especially when there are political differences and existing conflict.
With low testing levels, it’s unclear just how bad the pandemic is in Indonesia. But President Joko Widodo is keen to get the economy restarted quickly, in part, to avoid widespread social unrest.
Indonesia’s increasingly aggressive responses may fall short given the country’s high military and economic dependence on China.
Populist leaders can be a liability. Their optimistic bias and complacency, ambiguity, and ignorance of science undermine crisis management and put all at risk.
The government waited to put in place restrictions to stop the spread of the virus. Now, millions may soon be on the move for a religious celebration, which could make matters even worse.
Even though Australians and Indonesians are both friendly and easy-going, systemic boundaries can slow down the process of collaboration.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the ambition on becoming a global maritime fulcrum in his first term. Not much progress has been made.