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Jokowi, democracy winners in Indonesia’s tightening presidential race

There has been a growing sense that Indonesia’s presidential elections on 9 July will be much closer than ... be expected to fundamentally re-shape the orientation of Indonesia’s post-Suharto era. This shift towards Prabowo follows many ... for the presidency was enhanced when the chairman of Indonesia’s largest political party, Golkar, billionaire businessman Aburizal ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 19/06/2014 - 11:26am - 0 comments - 0 attachments

The regional battle for the heart and soul of Islam

... As with other regional jihadis, including from Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia, Thai Muslims are believed to be receiving training from ... arrangement, agreed to earlier this year, is ratified. Indonesia, too, has seen a rise in fundamentalist Islam, with sharia being ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 17/07/2014 - 10:24am - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Indonesian democracy may rest on election

When Indonesia's 180 million voters go to the polls tomorrow, they will be deciding whether Indonesia continues, more or less, with further developing its democratic ... (Economics and Public Policy, democracy, election, Indonesia, military, nationalism, president) ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 08/07/2014 - 3:50pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Australia's foreign policy clumsiness is losing us the Asia-Pacific

... at its first diplomatic test over revelations of spying on Indonesia last year, there was still a reasonable expectation that the new ... viewed as a problem by an increasingly nationalist Indonesia, eyed with suspicion by an assertive China and with anger or tepid ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 25/06/2014 - 4:42pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments

My life on the black list: Indonesia's tight grip on visas continues

... now reach an arbitrary but quite substantial decade on Indonesia’s "black" list. It has been widely assumed that Indonesia’s practice of black-listing people disappeared when president ... despite its era of "reform" and relative democratisation, Indonesia’s draconian black list remains. The black ban was placed on my ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 23/04/2014 - 4:27pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Jokowi chooses safe and moderate running mate

... former vice-president Jusuf Kalla has calmed concerns that Indonesia could be headed back towards an era of increased military influence. ... in a presidential election team. Prabowo is seconded by Indonesia’s richest man and chairman of Golkar party, Aburizal Bakrie, a West ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 21/05/2014 - 1:44pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Jokowi now cleared to run to the finish line as Indonesia's next president

... win the presidency in a landslide. Having said that, Indonesia’s presidential elections are not a foregone conclusion. Indeed, ... around economic policy - he doesn't have any, yet Indonesia desperately needs to start charting a clear course if its economy is ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 14/03/2014 - 9:27pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Spying on Timor-Leste

... Gap Treaty, which had been so infamously agreed to with Indonesia in 1989. That this treaty was part of Australia’s acquiescence to Indonesia’s brutal 1975 invasion and subsequent occupation of Timor-Leste, in ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 25/04/2014 - 2:45pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments

We talk with Indonesia every day -- but is anyone listening?

... Bishop "insists" that Australia’s relationship with Indonesia is "very positive". But Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa is equally insistent that there ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 17/02/2014 - 12:26pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Anti-reform actors hover over Indonesia’s coming elections

Indonesia’s democracy is being increasingly tested by the triple challenges ... electoral process. Prabowo Subianto accepts the Great Indonesia Movement Party nomination for the 2014 presidential election (Photo: ... (TNI) to reassert itself into the political debate. Indonesia is heading into legislative elections in April and presidential ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 17/01/2014 - 12:29pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments