Jan 27, 2023 Last Updated 12:03 AM, Jan 26, 2023

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Back to the drawing board

NGOs are having to come to terms with the demands of the governance agenda

Crime and criminality

This edition of Inside Indonesia explores the complex politics of illegality

The rise and fall of a gangster

Ethics and politics don’t mix in the world of Jakarta’s preman

Marginal and tattooed

A group of Jakarta punks challenges the criminal stigma attached to tattoos

Prison cum hostel?

A political economy of drugs thrives inside one of Indonesia’s most notorious prisons

Inside Yudhoyono'€™s anti-corruption machine

Despite attempts to re-engineer Indonesia’s governance mechanisms, corruption remains a chronic problem

A sibling rivalry

Since their institutional separation, the relationship between the police and the military has been troubled

Brutal lessons

A culture of violence in schools makes life tough for kids

Personality cults

Foreign news coverage needs to focus on Indonesia’s people, not just its leaders

Ten years of hoping and waiting

A photo essay about families of the disappeared

Global fashion, remixed

Indie designers rework commercial iconography – and the business of clothing production

Seeking Soeparno

A man who left his home to work in a plantation half-way around the world

When is a public holiday not a holiday?

The 100 year anniversary of Indonesia’s ‘National Awakening’ fails to inspire

Corruption Inc

Controlling local corruption is one thing; tackling the big guys in Jakarta is quite another

An evening with Abu Bakar Ba’asyir

Firebrand preacher’s audience doesn’t burn with enthusiasm

Stable but unpopular

Indonesians have a love-hate relationship with their political parties.

Roots of democracy

Political parties have stronger social roots in Indonesia than elsewhere in the region.

The peace dividend

With no internal wars to fight, Yudhoyono can afford to reform the military.

Basket case to showcase

How Indonesia’s democratic transition transformed Aceh.

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