Dr Marcus Mietzner
MA (Frankfurt), PhD (ANU)
I have been interested in the politics of Indonesia since my first visit to Jakarta as a teenager in 1986. While pursuing an MA degree at Goethe University in Frankfurt in the mid-1990s, I spent one year in Ambon to collect material for my thesis on the rebellion of the South Moluccan Republic in 1950. After graduation, I moved to the ANU to obtain my PhD. During fieldwork for a thesis on the Indonesian military, I began working for USAID in Jakarta – an engagement that would last for more than seven years. Eventually, however, I returned to academia, finishing the PhD in 2005 and starting my new position as a lecturer at the ANU in 2008. Since then, my research has primarily focused on political parties and the presidency in democratic Indonesia.
Supporting democratic values and institutions in Southeast Asia
DFAT has doubled the funding on a wide-ranging research project by PSC to explore how domestic political concerns in Southeast Asian countries are impacting the stability of the rules-based order in the region, and what Australia can do to assist.
Trump is deeply disliked in Indonesia because of his anti-Muslim rhetoric
Just 10 per cent of 500 Indonesians polled in the survey commissioned by the South China Morning Post said they wanted Trump to win the election – a stark contrast from the popularity incumbent Pre
Joko Widodo's Australia trip may be rescheduled for this month
The President’s trip had been billed as the high point of a turnaround in ties — 19 months after Australia recalled its ambassador over the executions of Bali Nine leaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Su
Indonesia's Joko Widodo jets in as new bond forged
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.
Islamists March in Jakarta, Demanding Christian Governor Be Jailed
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-majori
Stability and stagnation under SBY
A new book by Ed Aspinall, Marcus Mietzner and Dirk Tomsa assesses the presidency of Indonesia's Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.