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Elections: Upcoming challenges of identity politics

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is on course for a second term in office; quick counts of the April 17 ballots suggest that he won around 55 percent of the votes, while his long-time rival, former military strongman Prabowo Subi...


End shadows of intolerance post elections

The simultaneous elections have ended, but they have left a frenzy and disputes. A group that claims to be the most moderate in the country is no longer able to display the tenderness and progressive spirit of Islam; it is trapped in political barrie...


Postelection analysis: Indonesia has spoken

On April 17, a record 80 percent of the Indonesian electorate cast their votes at polling stations. However, to borrow the famous words of former United States president Bill Clinton: “The people have spoken, but it will take a while to determi...


Belt and Road Initiative : What’s in it for Indonesia?

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) marks its fifth year in 2018, a crucial phase that will determine where President Xi Jinping’s ambitious project is heading. The consensus, inside and outside China, is that the project is cruising a...


Dutch disease and the end of export-led Industrialization strategy

Industrialization is central to the economic history of modern Indonesia. It began in 1950, immediately after Indonesia gained effective sovereignty over its territory from the Dutch. Nevertheless, the effort to industrialize the economy at that time...


Indonesia enjoys big biodiesel surplus but loses export markets

Indonesia is a country with a big surplus of palm oil-based biodiesel and yet it is losing its major export markets one by one. Indonesia currently has an installed capacity of around 11.36 million tons of biodiesel per annum, and yet the market...