Tenggara Backgrounder is a weekly briefing service combining insights and analysis by experts from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Universitas Prasetiya Mulya, as well as background information from The Jakarta Post journalists. Tenggara Backgrounder provides you exclusive insights into what’s happening behind the scenes along with insider scoops that are not published in the media.

SOE’s hostile treatment threatens private investor

Tenggara Backgrounder October 12

Fake news permeating Indonesian politics

The circulation of allegations concerning an assault against activist Ratna Sarumpaet demonstrates the severity of fake news phenomenon in Indonesia and how it affects the political p...


Questioning the urgency of foreign aid

Tenggara Backgrounder October 5

After the 7.4-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated Central Sulawesi on Sept. 29, the government has been under duress to declare the tragedy as a national disaster and accept foreign assistance. A number of con...


Jokowi winning the campaign to woo Muslim voters

Tenggara Backgrounder September 28

The 2019 presidential race has just gotten much harder for challenger Prabowo Subianto after an important faction in Nahdlatul Ulama, representing the family of the late former president Abdurrahman Wahid, threw its support...


Election campaign: Tumultuous but not dangerous

Tenggara Backgrounder September 21

The tumultuous and polarizing presidential campaign will officially begin on Sunday and end on April 17. Despite the delicate situation it may create, it will not be necessarily a dangerous time. Historical records showed t...


Team Jokowi forges ahead, Team Prabowo struggles

Tenggara Backgrounder September 14


The battle between Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto are entering new phase. With the election campaign slated to start on Sept.23, incumbent President Jokow has put together his dream team....


Who’s in charge of the 2019 elections?

Tenggara Backgrounder September 7

Electoral system’s credibility and election result might be jeopardized when two election key agencies, General Elections Commission (KPU) and the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), are disputing each other&rsquo...