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.

Fake news is weapon of choice in 2019 election

Tenggara Backgrounder January 11

The proliferation of fake news is intensifying with the election campaign moving to high gear, three months before voting day on April 17. There is just too much fake news and the tendency is to ignore it and let it pass.


Amien Rais and the future of PAN

Tenggara Backgrounder January 4

Born out of the reform movement, the National Mandate Party (PAN) is facing an uncertain future due to a deepening schism within, as evident in the recent demand from several cofounders that Amien Rais, the party’s patron, resign.


Uighurs: Questioning Chinese factors in Indonesia

Tenggara Backgrounder December 28

News about the alleged oppression of the Uighurs in Xinjiang, China, has sparked outrage among Indonesians. Difference responses from the government and the public, however, might indicate the current political landscape in Indonesia.


Batam’s problems go beyond dualistic issue

Tenggara Backgrounder December 21

The announcement of transfer of authority from Batam Free Trade Zone Authority (BP Batam) to mayor of Batam to solve the prevailing controversial dual-governance system unveiled darker problems that lingered behind Batam’s economic stagnancy.


Attack in Papua and Jokowi’s miscalculated program

Tenggara Backgrounder December 14

The slaughter of dozens of civilians in Nduga, Papua, by an armed group has led many to questions about what possibly triggered the killings, particularly as the circumstances surrounding the murder remain unclear.


Questions linger on the 212 movement’s power

Tenggara Backgrounder December 7

Following the 212 Movement reunion on Dec. 2, it appears that the movement has lost its relevance considerably in the political realm, unlike its predecessor which successfully toppled down former Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama last year.