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.
New Cabinet on the horizonTenggara Backgrounder May 3
Now that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s reelection looks certain, some have started to speculate when he will form his new Cabinet. While Jokowi has not disclosed any names, he is expected to select candidates for ministerial posts mostly from the political parties that supported his reelection bid.
Winners and losers: Parties make maneuvers postelectionTenggara Backgrounder April 26
Several quick counts released after the April 17 general elections predict some parties would receive votes as predicted, with some exceeding expectations. With the winners and losers now having been identified, the possibilities of parties switching sides after the elections remains high.
Jokowi, Ma'ruf clinch victory: What's next?Tenggara Backgrounder April 18
Quick counts conducted by several pollsters indicate that Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Ma’ruf Amin swept to victory in the 2019 general elections. Not only has the pair secured the presidential and vice-presidential seats, their coalition parties also reportedly managed to dominate the legislative elections, winning the majority of seats in the House of Representatives.
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.