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.

Racial discrimination in the judiciary

Tenggara Backgrounder August 31

Indonesia failed in another litmus test of treating all citizens equally before the law. A court ruling on a blasphemy case against Meiliana, a double minority — by race and faith — undermines Indonesia’s ...


The forgotten election: The battle for House of Representatives seats

Tenggara Backgrounder August 24

With the general elections just eight months to go, much of the national focus and energy has been devoted to the presidential election. Scant attention has been given to other important elections that will take place simul...


Religion removed as fear factor in 2019 race

Tenggara Backgrounder August 16

With Ma’ruf Amin chosen as Joko Widodo’s running mate, religion issue should not become a campaign problem for the incumbent. Instead, the promotion of ekonomi umat (people-based economic system) would lead incu...


Should Nawa Cita be continued?

Tenggara Backgrounder Aug 10

With presidential campaign approaching, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was seen upgrading his Nawa Cita (nine goals) platform to his new vision for the upcoming term. The Nawa Cita, however, is being re-formulated to targ...


Prabowo’s political map

Tenggara Backgrounder Aug 03

With his coalition still shaky, presumptive nominee Prabowo Subianto’s political map is as yet unfinished. His meetings on Monday, July 30, with Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) and Prosperous ...


Vice-presidential showdown: Two weeks to go

Tenggara Backgrounder July 27

As the deadline for the registration of presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the 2019 election approaches, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his potential contender Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo ...