Dec 09, 2022 Last Updated 6:29 AM, Nov 29, 2022

National Politics

West Papua: Inside Indonesia?

This edition of Inside Indonesia marks an important anniversary, and explores the multiple faces of Indonesian Papua today

A new artistic order?

The arts scene has changed radically since 1998, but some of the old uncertainties remain

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

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

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

Policy drift

Ten years after Suharto, the economy is not recovering fast enough

Teaching and remembering

The legacy of the Suharto era lingers in school history books

How far to meaningful democracy? - 1

What you see is what you get.

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.

How far to meaningful democracy? - 2

Democracy is feasible, but only if Indonesia’s democrats take on the elite.

Ten years of democratisation

Our new edition shows how far Indonesia has come, and how much remains to be done.

Obituary - Mohammad Jusuf Ronodipuro

30 September 1919 – 27 January 2008

How will Indonesians remember Suharto?

Newspaper obituaries, from Sabang to Merauke

The passing of a dictator

Arief Budiman reflects on Suharto and his legacy.

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