Edward Aspinall

Professor Edward Aspinall



BA (Jurisprudence) (Adelaide), BA (Hons) (Sydney), PhD (ANU)

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Room: 4.23
Building: Hedley Bull Building

Edward Aspinall is a specialist in the politics of Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia. He has published on a range of topics related to Indonesia, including democratisation, elections, the separatist conflict in Aceh, ethnic politics, clientelism and ‘money politics’. He is the author of two books (Opposing Suharto, and Islam and Nation) and the editor of a further ten. His current research interests include involvement in an Australian Research Council project on urban machine politics across Southeast Asia.

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.

Indonesian democracy: from stagnation to regression?


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

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 government

Stability and stagnation under SBY

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.

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