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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.

A tailored approach for defense budget needed

Tenggara Backgrounder April 5

One of the interesting issues highlighted during the fourth presidential debate was Indonesia’s defense budget, or lack thereof. The two presidential candidates presented contrasting ideas: One argued that it should be increased, while the other argued that the current budget was sufficient. Defense, however, is a peculiar matter and each country must tailor its respective defense measures according to its own security needs.


Post survey, how far can candidates go?

Tenggara Backgrounder March 29

The latest surveys by national daily Kompas and think tank Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) provide much valuable insight on the upcoming general election.


Preemployment card has potential, yet controversial

Tenggara Backgrounder March 22

Two months prior the general election, incumbent presidential candidate President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin introduced three new social program cards, namely Kartu Indonesia Pintar untuk Perguruan Tinggi, Kartu Sembako Murah and Kartu Pra-Kerja to be implemented if they win the presidential election.


How Indonesia pulls off the largest one-day election

Tenggara Backgrounder March 15

In 2014, Indonesia’s general election was already billed as the largest one-day election in the world.


NU takes stand for tolerance

Tenggara Backgrounder March 8

During its national consultation meeting and grand conference last week, Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), displayed a strong stance for national unity. The group issued several recommendations, including a ban on the use of the word kafir (infidel), a limitation of fatwas (Islamic edicts), the adoption of Islam Nusantara (Islam of the archipelago), caution over the spread of hoaxes and encouragement of active public participation in the upcoming general elections.


Agrarian reform: Perpetual stagnation?

Tenggara Backgrounder March 1

The second presidential debate has brought to the fore one particular issue: agrarian reform. During the debate, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo claimed the massive infrastructure projects under his administration had been free from land disputes. Equally surprising was his revelation that his opponent Prabowo Subianto controlled hundreds of thousands of hectares of land in Aceh and East Kalimantan. The President’s statements summarized the underlying agrarian issues, namely longstanding land conflicts and the preponderance of land ownership among the elites.