Talking Indonesia: Pornography

The prohibition of pornography has been a controversial area of law in Indonesia, attracting the attention both of Islamic conservatives and activists promoting freedom of expression. Several public figures have been investigated and prosecuted under questionable circumstances, raising concerns that the law is being applied arbitrarily. 

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Talking Indonesia Podcast: Inequality in Indonesia

Talking Indonesia Podcast: Inequality in Indonesia

Inequality in Indonesia has reached record levels, with its growth among the most rapid in the region. What is driving this inequality, and what does Indonesian society look like as a result? How...

Intan Paramaditha
The LGBT Debate and the Fear of “Gerakan”

The LGBT Debate and the Fear of “Gerakan”

The Economic Origins of Indonesia's Secessionist Conflicts

Indonesian Literature in the Margins

With support from the Lontar Foundation and the New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN), the Asian American Writers’ Workshop has been publishing a series on Indonesian Literature in the Margins...

Harvard Business Publishing
Jakarta's Transportation Problems

Jakarta's Transportation Problems

This case is designed for use in a course or executive program that deals with the challenges facing rapidly growing cities in developing countries.



The Radicalisation of Indonesian Women Workers in Hong Kong

The latest report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), looks at how a tiny cell of some 50 extremist domestic workers has developed within the 153,000-strong Indonesian community in Hong Kong.

“Some of these women were drawn in by jihadi boyfriends they met online,” says Nava Nuraniyah, IPAC analyst. “But some joined ISIS as a path to empowerment.”

The Re-emergence of Jemaah Islamiyah

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The Re-emergence of Jemaah Islamiyah, the latest report from the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), examines the revival of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), the terrorist organisation forever associated with the 2002 Bali bombings. JI, the report argues, remains a threat, not because it is likely to resume a campaign of violence but because it could give rise to a more militant splinter. 

Final Report of the International People's Tribunal on 1965 Killings in Indonesia

The International People’s Tribunal on the 1965 Crimes Against Humanity (IPT 1965) has concluded  that the Indonesian government had committed acts of genocide, as stipulated in the 1948 International Genocide Convention, during the 1965 communist purge, which reportedly led to the death approximately 500,000 people. The IPT is not legally binding, but the  judges are sending their report to the UN with an eye on further action being taken.

The Economic Origins of Indonesia's Secessionist Conflicts

This article details the argument for the economic origins of the secessionist challenge posed by Indonesia's four resource-rich regions. The desire of rich regions to retain their own wealth conflicts with the national goal of sharing social welfare for equitable development across the country. The grievances of relative deprivation and aspiration to inequality were related to the distribution of resource rent by the autocratic regime of Suharto. Democratic transition opened up political space in which the resource-rich regions addressed their grievances, pushing the country to the edge of disintegration. The main policy response to the problem was decentralisation as part of the overall democratisation process. The policy has been successful so far in achieving its political objective; however, in the long run, people of the rich regions may be disillusioned because there is a risk that the supposed economic benefits of decentralisation may not materialise.


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Zainab Amjad

Mount Holyoke College

Reyhanillo Andi Kasim

Seton Hall University, WFUNA

Netta Anggia

American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS)

Brian Arnold

Cornell University Member

Nathan Benevides

Columbia University School of International Affairs Member

Jack Meng-tat Chia

Cornell University

Melissa Crouch


Debbie Sumual-Patlisd

Amy Freedman

Long Island University Post Campus Contributor

Chelsea Garbell

NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service Member

Jennifer L. Gaynor

SUNY at Buffalo Member

Josh Gedacht

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Cath Jones

University of Warwick

Stephanie Gabriella Kalele

New York University

Michelle LeMeur

Fulbright Program, Davidson Kempner Member

John M. Miller

East Timor and Indonesia Action Network Member

Andrew Moon

The New School for Social Research Member

Ann Marie Murphy

Seton Hall University Founding Member


University of Tokyo

Craig P. Oehlers

Jieun Park

Columbia University in the City of New York

Daniel Pascoe

School of Law, City University of Hong Kong

Douglas Sanders

Institute of Human Rights, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Margaret Scott

New York University Founding Member

Jessica Clara Shinta

Columbia University

Sarah Roxanne Sim

Columbia University

Susy Tekunan

University Pelita Harapan

Erin R Vogel

Rutgers University

Annabelle Wenas

Columbia University Member

Emmanuella Vanessa Savina Wong

Columbia University Member

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