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 strugglesTenggara 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.
The forgotten election: The battle for House of Representatives seatsTenggara 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.
Should Nawa Cita be continued?Tenggara Backgrounder Aug 10
<p><strong>Should Nawa Cita be continued?</strong></p><p>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 target human capital development and poverty, something that have been exploited politically by his opponents.</p><p><strong>Jostling coalitions: legislative or presidential election?</strong></p><p>The year 2019 holds great political significance for political parties as they have to confront two electoral battles in the same year. The political upheaval and “tacky” coalition prior to candidate registration period on Thursday reflected how the race for government and parliament may intensify.</p><p><strong>Jonan deals blow to Chevron over IDD and Rokan</strong></p><p>The Rokan Block operation permit handover to Pertamina from Chevron might be more controversial than just a fair business consideration. While the Block may seem as an attempt to revitalize Pertamina’s financial, it was actually related to a bigger energy outlook.</p><p><strong>Indonesia weighing possible trade spat with US</strong></p><p>Although the US and Indonesian officials have settled the issue of generalized system of preferences (GSP), the Trump’s administration apparently will not be satisfied until Indonesia at least pay the price for its continuous trade surplus with the US.</p>