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.

Uncovering the shroud over new KSAD

Tenggara Backgrounder November 30

The appointment of Andika Perkasa as the new Army chief of staff (KSAD) has raised speculations among public as it is considered too fast. Appointed as the Army Strategic Reserves commander (Pangkostrad) barely five months ago, it is reported that Andika’s skyrocketing career is largely due to his father-in-law’s, AM Hendropriyono, political standing as one of President Jokowi’s confidantes.


Tobacco taxes: mischiefs for political assurance

Tenggara Backgrounder November 23

President Jokowi’s decision not to increase the levy on tobacco products next year contradicts his government’s own targets of increasing tax revenue and improving public health quality.


Visiting traditional markets: A new campaign venue?

Tenggara Backgrounder November 16

Traditional markets have been frequently visited by presidential and vice-presidential candidates since the start of campaign period late in September. According to candidates’ most used justification, their visits are to check price stability. Regardless the composition and demographic background of candidates’ voters imply that there is a bigger picture to see.


Lion Air crash raises questions on passenger safety

Tenggara Backgrounder November 9

The Lion Air plane crash that killed all 189 people on board in late October has revealed some technical problems in the brand-new jet as well as problems in the airline’s operations and management and in governance and control. The accident raises questions about the airline’s safety standards and the government’s oversight on the operations of low-cost carriers.


Rice data polemic: where is the surplus?

Tenggara Backgrounder November 2

The announcement of the new rice data by Statistics Indonesia (BPS) reveals a bigger problem in the country’s rice production. The new data disclosed by BPS on surplus is 4.5 times lower than the Agriculture Ministry’s number, sparking a question whether Indonesia should redefine its rice policy and rice self-sufficiency goal.


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.