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Courting the Youth Vote in Indonesia’s Elections

  • Justin Wejak,

Indonesia’s presidential candidates are pitching for the huge youth vote, but are they really listening?

The Past is Present in Indonesia’s Presidential Election

  • Vedi Hadiz,

The shadow of Suharto’s New Order hangs over Indonesia’s presidential elections. And it is not just in the form of retired general Prabowo Subianto.

Securitisation, nationalism and democracy: The banning of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia

  • Dr Christian Harijanto and Professor Farida Fozdar,

How HTI was constructed as an existential threat and banned using a process beyond the normal systems of democracy.

Indonesia demonstrates that civil society as a backbone of democracy is a myth

  • Dr Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir,

Civil society has failed to defend democratic institutions from being hijacked by reactionary populist politics.

Indonesia’s ‘new despotism’

  • Dr Airlangga Pribadi Kusman & Dr Milda Istiqomah,

The government of President Joko Widodo is manipulating the law to repress its opponents and undermine democracy.