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Jokowi's visit a high point in Australian relations

5 November 2016

Expectations are high for the reciprocal visit 12 months after Mr Turnbull flew to Jakarta for a trip now widely recognised as having helped overcome a deeply troubled period in relations following...

Rodrigo Duterte and Joko Widodo at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesia's Joko Widodo jets in as new bond forged

5 November 2016

Last month The Economist Intelligence Unit observed Jokowi’s growing confidence in his role, and success in building parliamentary support, means he now has the numbers to pass desired reforms. On...

Protesters passing the governor's office in Jakarta on Friday

Islamists March in Jakarta, Demanding Christian Governor Be Jailed

4 November 2016

The governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, is an ethnic Chinese Indonesian and the first Christian in nearly 50 years to govern Jakarta, capital of the world’s most populous Muslim-majority...

What is King Bhumibol’s legacy?

14 October 2016

New Mandala co-founder Nicholas Farrelly reflects on a remarkable and contentious reign. The 70-year reign of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej started and ended inauspiciously. It was a family...

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How ISIS survives defeat: Propaganda and decisive minorities

26 September 2016

Despite suffering major losses of territory and personnel, Islamic State (ISIS) has continued to produce propaganda. Understanding the strategic role of propaganda in the group’s campaign strategy...

Indonesia and Australian flags. Image from Flickr, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

How can we fix Australia’s Indonesia anxiety?

7 September 2016

Indonesia is the neighbour that makes Australians feel uneasy but also want to get on with. Australians have long been ambivalent towards Indonesia. They want a good relationship with Indonesia and...

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Populist leaders undermine democracy in these 4 ways. Would a President Trump?

18 August 2016

A number of scholars have argued that Donald Trump is a populist. What, if anything, does this label tell us about what we might expect from a Trump presidency? Would we see the erosion of judicial...

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Duterte a law unto himself

18 August 2016

As a populist, Duterte’s erosion of the rule of law is no surprise. Since Rodrigo Duterte became president of the Philippines on 30 June, the country’s already compromised rule of law has taken a...

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on Aug. 13 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Populist leaders undermine democracy in these 4 ways. Would a President Trump?

18 August 2016

A number of scholars have argued that Donald Trump is a populist. What, if anything, does this label tell us about what we might expect from a Trump presidency? Would we see the erosion of judicial...

A storm of bullets, a wave of apathy

16 August 2016

Duterte is gaining in the war on drugs, but at a terrifying cost to Filipino society. The Philippines is drowning in a wave of killings as the government of the newly-proclaimed President Rodrigo...

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