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Indonesia 1965: the attempted coup and the rise of Suharto

2 May 2017

Early on the morning of 1 October 1965, seven detachments of troops drove through the quiet streets of Jakarta, bound for the homes of the most senior generals of the Indonesian army. On arrival, the...

Source: ASPI

Race, faith and Ahok’s defeat

27 April 2017

After one of the most tumultuous campaigns in Indonesian history, the incumbent governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) was soundly defeated by former Education Minister and academic,...

A masked man holds an anti-Ahok sign during a protest against Jakarta's Christian Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama. Source: AP/AFR

Jakarta election tests Indonesia's limits of tolerance

19 April 2017

On 19 April, the residents of Jakarta – Indonesia’s sprawling capital – will go to the polls in an election that presents an unusually stark choice between religious solidarity and governmental...

Obama press conference

Obama's foreign policy legacy in three quotes

2 February 2017

After the Bush administration, many believed that President Obama would bring stability to the global order with a fusion of eloquent rhetoric, a preference for multilateralism and a cautious...

Jihadist Threat in 2017

11 January 2017

2017 promises a more volatile and diffuse jihadist threat as the war on ISIS causes various Islamist extremist groups to strategically evolve as they compete for attention and influence. This dynamic...

Indonesian military Chief Gatot Nurmantyo talks to reporters in Jakarta

Glitch underlines the priority of Indonesia-Australia cooperation

6 January 2017

While there is no cause for the Australian army to censor critical discussion of the darker realities of our defence partners’ histories or contemporary affairs, if experienced Australian soldiers...

Malaysia PM Najib Razak

Najib fights to retain control after 1MDB scandal

31 December 2016

Najib quickly shut down Malaysian investigations into 1MDB in 2015. Yet external agencies and media sources have since tracked what they believe is an international chain of transactions enabling...

Dutertes year of living dangerously

Duterte's year of living dangerously

27 December 2016

Philippine politics in 2016 has been dominated by Rodrigo Duterte’s rise to power. With five contenders for the presidency, pre-election polls in early January 2016 indicated that the administration...

ANU graduates rated Australia's most employable

21 November 2016

Graduates from The Australian National University (ANU) have been rated as Australia’s most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide. The latest Global...

OPINION: Jokowi leadership shift

9 November 2016

McDonald’s pessimism comes from the research results generated by Eve Warburton, a political scientist at the Australian National University. Warburton’s research is interesting because...

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