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Prospect of a 3rd Jokowi term: trial balloons unlikely to fly?
Speculation of the possibility of Indonesian President Jokowi seeking a third term in office remains rife. However, as Syafiq Hasyim of the ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute writes, there currently appears to be near-unanimous opposition to the idea.
The budget wars: Indonesia’s biggest military challenge
The sinking of an Indonesian submarine in April was a stark reminder of the poor state of much of the country’s military hardware. Yohanes Sulaiman and Donald Greenlees argue presidential aspirant and defence minister Subianto faces one of his toughest tests in dragging the Indonesian military into the 21st century.
To lockdown or not? Indonesia's dilemma in handling the COVID-19 second wave?
A hard lockdown is looming for Indonesia's populous islands of Java and Bali as a new wave of COVID infections tests the country's ability to cope. But as Yanuar Nugroho writes, the government has to first overcome a longstanding hesitancy to adopt drastic measures that could hurt the economy.
Indonesia's COVID-19 surge: contradictions and criticism
Indonesia’s latest COVID-19 surge has piled pressure on the Widodo government, which, as Max Lane of the ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute writes, is under pressure to reconsider some form of lockdown to rein in the spread of the coronavirus.
Lesson learnt: Indonesia’s second Eid al-Fitri under COVID-19
In 2020, Eid-al-Fitri was a national superspreader event in Indonesia. But, as Syafiq Hasyim, Visiting Fellow at the ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute points out, this year the government and Muslim organisations were thankfully better prepared.