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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

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

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

With Indonesia, the relationship is going from bad to worse

Australia’s relationship with Indonesia is at one of its historic low points, despite claims to the contrary ... What is unusual about this most recent contretemps with Indonesia, with which Australia has previously had several difficulties, is ... of Australian policy. Australia’s alleged spying on Indonesia is both bipartisan and largely necessary. But Foreign Minister Julie ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 11/11/2013 - 12:14pm - 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

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

Osama bin Laden: What Indonesia told the US but the US did not tell Indonesia, or anyone else

... the raid with any of their allies; not Australia, not Indonesia and especially not Pakistan. While the US knew where bin Laden was, ... on the Afghanistan border, to meet with Al Qaeda leaders. Indonesia’s Defence Minister, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, said that Indonesia ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 05/05/2011 - 12:38pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments

We've always spied on Indonesia - and they've spied on us too

... thing is that anyone would bother to feign surprise. Indonesia and Australia have long spied on each other, and they have both known about it. The main distinctions between Australia and Indonesia’s intelligence activities are their methods and who they share ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 01/11/2013 - 2:07pm - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Indonesia and East Timor - odd bedfellows

... his country will begin military to military links with Indonesia has caused widespread surprise, given the deeply troubled history ... established. But there are also many unresolved issues. Indonesia’s invasion of East Timor in 1975 led to the deaths of more than a ...

Blog entry - Damien Kingsbury - 30/08/2011 - 7:19pm - 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