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.
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.
Unknown groups took part in riotTenggara Backgrounder May 24
The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced the official results of the 2019 presidential and legislative elections on May 21. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second term has now been officially confirmed, with senior Muslim cleric Ma’ruf Amin on his side. His coalition parties also secured the majority of votes in the legislative election. Marking the beginning of a new era, the election result is indicative of the country’s political landscape in the next five years.
Prabowo continues fighting as May 22 closingTenggara Backgrounder May 17
With the General Elections Commission (KPU) bracing itself for the announcement of the election result, presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto continues his fight, despite having been predicted to lose the race – for the third straight time. What measures will Prabowo and his camp employ?
Can Jokowi manage his grand political coalition?Tenggara Backgrounder May 10
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo looks to have it all in his second term now that he is almost assured of winning last month’s election (the formal announcement is not due until May 22). Jokowi sits on a grand coalition of political parties, made even bigger with one or more parties that had opposed his reelection looking to join in. But will he really govern unopposed over the next five years?