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.

Bribery case is unlikely to stop Meikarta

Tenggara Backgrounder October 26

The Meikarta property project, the Lippo Group’s flagship project, is in limbo after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) caught several of its employees and Bekasi Regency officials red-handedly. Investors started shunning Lippo companies soon after the bribery case emerged, although it is not the first bribery case involving Lippo.


IndonesiaLeaks: How will we proceed?

Tenggara Backgrounder October 19

Whistleblower IndonesiaLeaks recently made an allegation of the involvement of National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian in a meat-importing corruption case. Considering the current state of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), it is doubtful that further investigation on the allegation will be conducted.


SOE’s hostile treatment threatens private investor

Tenggara Backgrounder October 12

The government’s efforts to boost private sector participation in its national strategic infrastructure projects have faced a setback, following the North Jakarta District Court’s controversial ruling on the litigation over the Marunda Port development project between PT Kawasan Berikat Nusantara (KBN) and PT Karya Citra Nusantara (KCN).


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 considerations, however, may impede the government from doing so.


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