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.

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. On the other hand, challenger Prabowo was reported to struggle building his own 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’s decisions.


Racial discrimination in the judiciary

Tenggara Backgrounder August 31

Indonesia failed in another litmus test of treating all citizens equally before the law.


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 simultaneously on April 17: the race for the House of Representatives, the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) and the provincial and city/regency legislative councils.


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.


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