Religion, gender and the state in Indonesia

Muslim women read the Quran during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, 9 June 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Kathryn Robinson, ANU

Religious identity and gender relations are integral to women’s experiences of citizenship in Indonesia. While around 88 per cent of Indonesia’s population is Muslim, it is emphatically not an Islamic state, in which state law and Islamic law are coterminous. Read more…

Realistic risk assessment key to fighting IS in Southeast Asia

People hold up flowers and shout ‘we are not afraid’ during a rally at the scene of a bombing attack that killed two civilians the day before, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 15 January 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Joseph Liow, RSIS

Terrorism is not a new phenomenon in Southeast Asia, but goes as far back as the era of anti-colonial struggle. It gathered pace after September 11 with a series of attacks perpetrated mostly by the Al-Qaeda linked organisation Jemaah Islamiyah. Read more…

Jokowi’s natural resource gamble

Workers build a new pipeline in Central Java, Indonesia. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Matthew Busch, University of Melbourne

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi) order on 23 March 2016 that the Masela Block use an onshore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) refinery ended six months of intrigue — and years of delay — about Indonesia’s largest offshore gas field. Rather than the floating plant (FLNG) proposed by contractors Inpex and Royal Dutch Shell, gas will be piped to a remote island in Maluku Province where it will be liquefied and used for industry.

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China and Indonesia’s strategic options

An Indonesian Navy ship patrols as a fishing vessel from Vietnam caught fishing illegally in Indonesian seas start to sink after being blown up by the Indonesian Navy on 19 October 2015. Indonesia has sunk more than 150 foreign boats for illegal fishing since President Joko Widodo came to power in 2014. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Editors, East Asia Forum

Indonesia appears ready to flex its diplomatic, if not its maritime, muscle in dealings with China over a recent incident involving a Chinese coastguard vessel and an Indonesian patrol boat in the vicinity of Indonesia’s Natuna Islands in the South China Sea. Read more…

Fishing freedoms on the hook in Indonesia-China legal stoush

A group of fishermen pull fishing nets in Aceh, Indonesia. Indonesia and China faced off on 19 and 20 March over the presence of a private Chinese fishing trawler in the vicinity of Indonesia’s Natuna Islands, which Jakarta claims was fishing illegally. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Sourabh Gupta, Institute for China–America Studies

Western and Asian governments and commentators have pilloried the Chinese government for its inscrutability on the so-called ‘nine-dash line’ in the South China Sea. Because the nine-dash line allegedly lacks a basis in international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), they have hectored China to clarify the line’s meaning and to derive all maritime claims from the textual provisions of the Convention. Read more…

Managing Indonesia’s imprisoned extremists

A mock terrorist suicide bomber detonates explosives during a counterterrorism exercise in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, 23 February 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Cameron Sumpter, RSIS

Plans to transfer prisoners convicted of terrorism charges to a purpose-built ‘de-radicalisation’ facility have re-emerged in Indonesia, following increased concerns about recidivism and inmate recruitment. Read more…

Why Australian business needs to wake up to Indonesia

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop prepares to hit the gong with Indonesian Minister of State Secretary Pratikno to mark the opening ceremony of the new Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, 21 March 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Stéphane Chatonsky, Ivest

It has been more than 20 years since former Australia prime minister Paul Keating declared that ‘no country is more important to Australia than Indonesia. If we fail to get this relationship right, and nurture and develop it, the whole web of our foreign relations is incomplete’. Read more…