Jokowi fails first test

Indonesia's new president, Joko Widodo, promised reform. With his new cabinet, he's delivered realpolitik, writes Edward Aspinall.

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Ryamizard Ryacudu (left) is one of the many not so welcome faces in Jokowi’s new cabinet.

Game over?

Despite a constitutional roadblock, there is still a chance that Aung San Suu Kyi can become Myanmar’s next leader, reports Belinda Cranston.

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Photo by AFP.

Myanmar’s mannequins mastering rulers

Smooth talker shows political co-optation not a one-way street.

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Chit Win. Photo supplied.

President Jokowi: 10 years too soon

Jokowi may be a ‘fresh start’, but there’s still a lot of the old order in Indonesia’s democracy.

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Megawati Sukarnoputri. An all too familiar face?


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Trevor Wilson

Since October 2003 Trevor Wilson has been a Visiting Fellow on Myanmar/Burma at the Department of Political & Social Change, and since 2004 co-convener of the ANU’s Myanmar/Burma Update...
Marcus Mietzner

Marcus Mietzner

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...

Tamara Jacka

Before coming to the ANU in 2001, Tamara Jacka taught Chinese language and courses on contemporary Chinese society and politics for ten years at Murdoch University. Her main research...
Greg Fealy

Greg Fealy

My interest in Indonesian politics and Islam was awakened as an undergraduate at Monash University and they have remained the focus of my academic and professional activity since then. My PhD...
Nick Cheesman

Nick Cheesman

Over the last two decades, my personal and professional development has been shaped by a sense of urgency to contribute towards useful, informed debate about pressing issues of politics and...
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