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ANU Indonesia Update Recap: Indonesian politics in 2018

ANU Indonesia Update Recap: Indonesian politics in 2018

October 23, 2018 By Helen Brown

To read this piece it’s important to first remember that Indonesia is a democracy. In fact, it is the world’s third largest democracy. This point has to be made clear because more than 70% of Australians do not agree that Indonesia is a democracy, as shown in a recent Lowy Institute Poll. It matters because […]

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An Interloper at the Peoples’ Summit

An Interloper at the Peoples’ Summit

October 19, 2018 By Kevin Evans

In the globally branded hotels nestled discreetly beyond the immaculately manicured lawns of Nusa Dua, they gathered. Some 15,000 people attended the annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund this year. It is a grand and important event in the global calendar for international and internationalised leaders. A few kilometres away […]

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Indonesia’s Expanding Horizons

Indonesia’s Expanding Horizons

October 8, 2018 By Isabelle Lewis

Indonesia’s accelerating economic prosperity will see the country poised to take a leading role in the Indo-Pacific region. It’s time for Australia to refocus its Indonesia priorities. Indonesia has long been a country of systemic importance in Asia. Yet for much of its history, it has kept a lower regional profile than its status and […]

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Guide to the 2019 Indonesian elections: A little psephology

Guide to the 2019 Indonesian elections: A little psephology

October 1, 2018 By Kevin Evans

On Wed 17 April 2019, 190 million Indonesian voters will set off to the polls to elect their President and Vice-President. On this day they will also elect 136 members of the national Regions House, a kind of weak Senate, together with 575 members of the powerful House of Representatives. In addition they will elect […]

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Guide to the 2019 Indonesian elections: Echoes from elections past

Guide to the 2019 Indonesian elections: Echoes from elections past

September 26, 2018 By Kevin Evans

On Wed 17 April 2019, 190 million Indonesian voters will set off to the polls to elect their President and Vice-President. On this day they will also elect 136 members of the national Regions House, a kind of weak Senate, together with 575 members of the powerful House of Representatives. In addition they will elect […]

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Guide to the 2019 Indonesian Elections: Path to the Presidency

Guide to the 2019 Indonesian Elections: Path to the Presidency

September 20, 2018 By Kevin Evans

On Wed 17 April 2019, 190 million Indonesian voters will set off to the polls to elect their President and Vice-President. On this day they will also elect 136 members of the national Regions House, a kind of weak Senate, together with 575 members of the powerful House of Representatives. In addition they will elect […]

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Indonesia: The Best Invitation We Will Get

Indonesia: The Best Invitation We Will Get

September 17, 2018 By Andrew Parker

Australia’s relationship with Indonesia does not have to be marked by crisis. Australians should make the most of the soon-to-be-signed Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement. Three years ago one of Australia’s foremost Indonesian analysts, Ken Ward, published an essay titled “Condemned to crisis” in which he argued that the Australia-Indonesia relationship has been, and will […]

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Australian universities to benefit in Australia-Indonesia free trade deal

Australian universities to benefit in Australia-Indonesia free trade deal

September 5, 2018 By Avery Poole

On August 31, Prime Minister Scott Morrison secured an end to negotiations on a new free trade agreement with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, opening a path for Australian universities to build new campuses in Indonesia. Negotiations began in 2012, but have recently ramped up. President Widodo and Prime Minister Morrison signed a memorandum of understanding […]

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