Indonesia

Oligarch puppet or people’s choice? —the rise and rise of Joko Widodo

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Scholars divide over whether the Jokowi ‘phenomenon’ represents a victory for Indonesia’s media oligarchs, or a serious challenge to them, writes ROSS TAPSELL. This year, Indonesia elected a new president, Joko Widodo (popularly known as Jokowi). He catapulted from mayor of Solo in 2005, to Jakarta governor in 2012, to president in 2014. Not part […]

Indonesia

Yudhoyono leaves Indonesia facing an uncertain future

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President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s place within a broader span of modern Indonesian history has yet to be determined, writes EDWARD ASPINALL. Less than a month before his presidency came to an end, Indonesia’s Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono became the subject of a trending topic on twitter worldwide. It was not, however, the sort of publicity that […]

Thailand

Thailand’s simmering security crisis gathers steam

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A quiet but increasingly deadly struggle is taking place in Thailand’s deep south. JOHN BLAXLAND reports. Why has the security crisis in southern Thailand’s three southernmost insurgency-affected provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat proved to be so intractable and drawn out? And why have the Thai authorities struggled with finding a viable solution to the […]

Hong Kong

End of innocence for Hong Kong

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Even if Hong Kong returns to normal, tensions are likely to simmer, says KERRY BROWN. For a place stereotyped as apolitical and wholly business orientated, the protests convulsing Hong Kong have revealed a different face to the city. As a place of contract and rule of law, Hong Kong has always been appreciated by Mainland […]

Australia - Asia relations

An Indian–Australian affair: the passion of Louise Lightfoot

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An Australian ballet teacher’s love of Indian dance helped bring two cultures together, writes AMIT SARWAL. In the 19th century, during the British Raj, India attracted many curious and enthusiastic Australian travellers. Australians had been attracted to Indian curios, artworks, colourful clothes, and paintings of grand Indian palaces and bazaars; and the great Intercolonial Exhibition […]