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.

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


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.