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.
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.
It's time for airlines to lower air faresTenggara Backgrounder February 22
Air transportation users were surprised to find airfares remained relatively high in the middle of January and as late early February, despite the high season supposedly ending. Not only that, customers of courier companies also complained that their goods were delivered late to their destinations.
Conspiracy theories & foreign meddling in electionsTenggara Backgrounder February 15
When President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Feb. 3 talked about the use of “Russian Propaganda” by the opposition in the presidential election campaign, he upset the Russian government more than he hurt the lone challenger, Prabowo Subianto, for the April 17 election.
Questioning Koopssus’ urgencyTenggara Backgrounder February 01
Former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama left prison in Jakarta on Jan. 24 after serving time for blasphemy. His strong band of loyal supporters and detractors alike were anticipating his next political move upon his release, but no such announcement came.
First presidential debate: Normative or in progress?Tenggara Backgrounder January 25
The first official presidential debate on Jan. 17 drew criticism. Critics argue that the debate was too general, or even borderline boring, as candidates offered no new programs or fresh ideas throughout the debate.