Jan 27, 2022 Last Updated 1:11 AM, Jan 18, 2022

Democracy

West Papua 40 years on

Reflecting on the Act of Free Choice and the integration of West Papua into Indonesia

A violation of international law

Indonesia’s claim to sovereignty over West Papua rests upon an unsound legal basis

Feeling cheated, acting apathetic

Many Indonesian students face obstacles voting, but they aren’t much interested anyway

Chaos and consolidation

The April 2009 legislative polls exposed weaknesses in Indonesia’s electoral management, but the results will help to strengthen the democratic polity

Democracy yes, accountability no?

Voters have done everything they can for democracy. The same cannot be said for elites

Giving up partisan politics?

Indonesia's biggest Muslim organizations are having second thoughts about partisan politics

Rulers in their own country?

Special autonomy and Papuan aspirations have been thwarted by Jakarta and hampered by the administrative fragmentation sponsored by local politicians

Freedom of expression

Whether Papuans support autonomy or independence, they should be allowed to speak freely

An unholy alliance

Political thugs and political Islam work together in Banten

A sibling rivalry

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

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.

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.

How might the Suharto era conclude?

The events of 27 July have led many to speculate about a more democratic order after the end of Suharto's powerful rule. MICHAEL VAN LANGENBERG warns such speculation may be misplaced.

The student movement

Students are few in number but loom large on the political stage. The PRD affair demonstrated this once more. In this reflective essay, ARIEL HERYANTO asks why this should be so.

'All a pretence' - Interview with parliamentarian Aberson

Parliament, Aberson Marle Sihaloho explains to SHARON TICKLE over lunch, can never do a good job under Suharto.

Help us clean up!

The World Bank has joined the IMF in a huge rescue package. Indonesian non-government organisations (NGOs) presented this memo to World Bank president James Wolfensohn in Jakarta.

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