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.
Debate behind repatriating IS sympathizers emergesTenggara Backgrounder April 12
With the fall of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, countries around the world are sharing a dilemma: Should they repatriate their citizens who joined the terrorist group and thus ensuring their rights of protection while risking the spread of radicalism at home?
A tailored approach for defense budget neededTenggara 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.
Preemployment card has potential, yet controversialTenggara 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.
NU takes stand for toleranceTenggara 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.