May 19, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

Yudhoyono Presidency

The eagle has crash-landed

Despite an unprecedented media campaign, Prabowo Subianto’s political comeback has fallen flat – for now

Not just an elite game

In Bali, it’s neither policy, parties nor entrenched elites, but image-savvy politicians and an all-powerful media that are dominating the new electoral landscape

Feeling cheated, acting apathetic

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

Seeking representation

Activists in Palu remain confined to the political margins

Symbols and signs

Photo-essay: PKS is often depicted as radical Islamist, but its members show evidence of ideological diversity

Dominant but weak

Signs of underlying fragility in nationalist parties may benefit Islamic parties in future elections

Suicide and progress in modern Nusantara

While it’s tragic that some candidates kill themselves after Indonesian elections, at least they aren’t killing each other

Winning the villages

Grassroots political operators hold the key to many candidates’ success

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

Purchasing power

Weak rules and weak implementation meant that influence could still be bought in the 2009 elections

Election politics

This edition of Inside Indonesia examines the role of money, religion and much else in this year’s elections

A second revolution?

Dangdut music continues to be a vital part of Indonesian popular culture

Gestures of power and grace

As Minang dance shows, the guiding rules of culture are often unspoken

Dancing the nation in migration

Indonesian women in Perth perform a ‘uniting’ dance

Moving with the times

An update on dance and music in the reformasi era

Surviving conflict

Aceh’s performing arts have blossomed despite the conflict and the tsunami

A man on a mission

From the highlands of Papua to exile in England, Benny Wenda is a leader of his people

D-day for anti-corruption reform

Draft legislation is a prescription potentially worse than the ailment

The election as a Karya Agung ritual

Listening to the grassroots explain the 2009 general election in Bali

Winning a battle, losing the war

Drug users in Indonesia are made vulnerable by current drug laws

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