politics

IB2017/8 Political Instability Reforms in Melanesia — Addressing a Problem or a Symptom?

Political instability, in the form of frequent motions of no confidence, has become a major source of concern in the years after independence in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Indonesia 1965: the attempted coup and the rise of Suharto

Professor Robert Cribb (PSC) says, "50 years on, Indonesia still lives with the consequences of the 1965 coup".

IB2017/6 Choosing Our Leaders: Western Electoral Systems versus Traditional Leadership Selection in the Pacific Islands — A Personal Perspective

Commentaries in various internet sites and social media Facebook pages have been increasingly critical of the quality of political leadership across the Pacific islands region. The

Joko Widodo's stake in Jakarta's gubernatorial race

The last time the people of Jakarta elected a governor, they upended national politics by giving Joko Widodo (Jokowi), then an obscure regional mayor, a launch pad for his successful tilt at the presidency.

IB2017/1 ‘Independence Doesn’t Have Any Meaning’: Disenchantment in Rural Papua New Guinea

This In Brief reports on recent research among the people who live in the shadow of Mt Wilhelm, PNG’s highest mountain, in the Kundiawa-Gembogl District, Chimbu

Duterte's year of living dangerously

With a populist slogan, Tapang at Malasakit (Courage and Compassion), Duterte elevated a pervasive issue, the proliferation of illegal drugs, as an urgent national concern.

Najib fights to retain control after 1MDB scandal

As 2016 draws to a close, Najib Razak remains Malaysia’s prime minister. This is despite two years of scandal, scrutiny and speculation over funds missing from state development fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), including US$800 million that is believed to have passed through his personal bank accounts.

Businessman Trump or bureaucrat Hillary- Who does Asia prefer?

The US presidential election comes at a pivotal moment for the Asia Pacific region. Will the next president continue fostering economic and defense ties or will the region experience a new kind of foreign policy?

Indonesian President Joko Widodo a target over governor's alleged blasphemy

Indonesian rock musician Ahmad Dhani told the crowd: "I am very sad and crying for having a president who does not respect the habibs (men who claim descent from the family of the Prophet Muhammad) and ulema (Islamic scholars). I want to say dog! I want to say pig!" A poster has been circulating on Whatsapp messaging groups spruiking a so-called "defending Islam demonstration" on November 25, calling for President Jokowi to be brought down if Ahok remains a free man.

Joko Widodo's Australia trip may be rescheduled for this month

Indonesian officials are seeking to reschedule President Joko Widodo’s first state visit to Australia to later this month, after he was forced to postpone his trip at the weekend amid a domestic political and security crisis.

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