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Indonesia demonstrates that civil society as a backbone of democracy is a myth
Civil society has failed to defend democratic institutions from being hijacked by reactionary populist politics.
Indonesia’s ‘new despotism’
The government of President Joko Widodo is manipulating the law to repress its opponents and undermine democracy.
The influence of elite interests are crucial to understanding Indonesia’s response to COVID-19
The government’s response is a reflection of the relationship between state and society, where elite interests are paramount.
Soeharto’s legacies in Jokowi’s food security plans
Will the Indonesian government deliver on its plans for new rice and cassava production?
As COVID-19 escalates in Indonesia, responses are fractured and fractious. (Terjemahan Bahasa Indonesia)
Elite interests continue to dominate Indonesia’s pandemic response at a national level, but there’s community resilience at the grassroots.