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.
Batam’s problems go beyond dualistic issueTenggara Backgrounder December 21
The announcement of transfer of authority from Batam Free Trade Zone Authority (BP Batam) to mayor of Batam to solve the prevailing controversial dual-governance system unveiled darker problems that lingered behind Batam’s economic stagnancy.
Attack in Papua and Jokowi’s miscalculated programTenggara Backgrounder December 14
The slaughter of dozens of civilians in Nduga, Papua, by an armed group has led many to questions about what possibly triggered the killings, particularly as the circumstances surrounding the murder remain unclear.
Questions linger on the 212 movement’s powerTenggara Backgrounder December 7
Following the 212 Movement reunion on Dec. 2, it appears that the movement has lost its relevance considerably in the political realm, unlike its predecessor which successfully toppled down former Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama last year.
Uncovering the shroud over new KSADTenggara Backgrounder November 30
The appointment of Andika Perkasa as the new Army chief of staff (KSAD) has raised speculations among public as it is considered too fast. Appointed as the Army Strategic Reserves commander (Pangkostrad) barely five months ago, it is reported that Andika’s skyrocketing career is largely due to his father-in-law’s, AM Hendropriyono, political standing as one of President Jokowi’s confidantes.
Tobacco taxes: mischiefs for political assuranceTenggara Backgrounder November 23
President Jokowi’s decision not to increase the levy on tobacco products next year contradicts his government’s own targets of increasing tax revenue and improving public health quality.
Visiting traditional markets: A new campaign venue?Tenggara Backgrounder November 16
Traditional markets have been frequently visited by presidential and vice-presidential candidates since the start of campaign period late in September. According to candidates’ most used justification, their visits are to check price stability. Regardless the composition and demographic background of candidates’ voters imply that there is a bigger picture to see.