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.
How much power will VP-elect Ma’ruf have?Tenggara Backgrounder July 12
The presidential inauguration is not due until October, but Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest Islamic mass organization, is among the groups that are pressing for their rewards. They may have a natural ally in vice president-elect Ma’ruf Amin, a politician-turned-cleric who grew up in the NU tradition.
Indonesia to boost domestic demand of palm oilTenggara Backgrounder July 5
Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer, has suffered most from falling international prices of palm oil due to slowing demand and rising output. The government’s approach to protecting what is a strategically important industry has been less conciliatory and more interventionist: boosting domestic demand by subsidizing biofuels and later “green energy”.
Prabowo, Jokowi rumored to join handsTenggara Backgrounder June 28
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reportedly has offered two ministerial seats, one deputy speakership at the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) and two spots on the Presidential Advisory Board to Gerindra as part of reconciliation. Gerindra joining Jokowi’s government may appear an ideal settlement after an exhausting, noisy political year. Such a solution, however, will pose more problems.
Trump’s trade war spreads to other Asian countriesTenggara Backgrounder June 21
When people discuss United States President Donald Trump’s trade war, they tend to think about the renegotiation of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, or the escalating trade dispute with China. However, it is not widely known that Trump’s trade war has spread to other Asian countries, such as Cambodia, India and maybe Indonesia.
Can Constitutional Court end electoral dispute?Tenggara Backgrounder June 14
The Constitutional Court is to start hearings on Friday to settle a dispute over the presidential election. It has until June 28 to decide, but it remains unclear whether its verdict would put an end to the row and the current political uncertainty. Much depends on the court’s ruling being accepted by the two contenders and their supporters
Bakrie back in businessTenggara Backgrounder May 31
PT Bakrie & Brothers (BNBR) appointed Anindya Novyan “Anin” Bakrie as the new chief executive officer (CEO) and his brother Anindra Ardiansyah “Ardi” Bakrie as the new deputy CEO, marking not only a generational transfer to the family’s third generation but also successful debt restructuring.