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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.
Indonesia’s COVID crisis: the case for Australian aid
The coronavirus pandemic has exacted a huge human toll on Indonesia, placing strains on the health system and setting back years of work in poverty reduction. Asialink senior adviser Donald Greenlees argues what Australia now does to help its closest Asian neighbour meet both challenges will be long remembered.
Survey reveals what Indonesians really think of Australia
A recent survey of Southeast Asia has revealed perceptions of Australia, particularly those held by Indonesians, are not reflecting Australia's actions or goals in the region. As Hillary Mansour writes, despite significant aid contributions, Australia has much work to do to reverse the course of public opinion in Indonesia.
Myanmar matters to ASEAN, Indonesia
As pro-democracy protests in Myanmar turn lethal, Jusuf Wanandi of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta urges big powers outside the region to step aside and let the parties inside the country decide – if necessary with help from ASEAN.