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Indonesia Studies Programme

About the Indonesia Studies Programme

The Indonesia Studies Programme at ISEAS promotes in-depth understanding of Indonesia through conferences, workshops, seminars, print and e-publications, and timely commentary in the international and local media. These serve as channels to inform scholars, policy-makers, journalists, the business community, diplomats and international organizations on pertinent developments in Indonesia today.

The programme is concerned with understanding the effects of political and economic reform in Indonesia following the end of the New Order era, especially with respect to the implementation of decentralization policies throughout the archipelagic nation. In addition, the programme is also paying special attention to the dynamics and implications of the Indonesian legislative and presidential elections in 2014.

The programme seeks to build and maintain institutional ties and scholarly exchange with academics, analysts, and centres involved in the study of contemporary Indonesia.

Programme Coordinator

Please contact the Acting Coordinator, Ulla Fionna ( ufionna@iseas.edu.sg ), for matters related to the Indonesia Studies Programme.

Current Researchers and Affiliates


Past Affiliates

Taufik Abdullah Martin Panggabean Agung Wicaksono
Sulfikar Amir Anthony Reid Ian Wilson
Raden Alpha Amirrachman Reza Y Siregar Nugroho Wisnumurti
Adiwan Aritenang Iman Sugema Bernhard Platzdasch
Chatib Basri Rizal Sukma  
Soedradjad Djiwandono Priyambudi Sulistiyanto  
Richard Z Leirissa Eric Tagliacozzo  
Audrey Kahin Thee Kian Wie  
George McTurnan Kahin Ekawati S Wahyuni  
Okamoto Masaaki Donald Weatherbee  


Seminar on The Future of Net Activism in Indonesian Politics: Lessons from Kawal Pemilu.org

The seminar notes on the seminar "The Future of Net Activism in Indonesian Politics: Lessons from KawalPemilu.org," held in ISEAS on 14 October 2014, by by Mr Ainun Najib and Dr Rita Padawangi, can now be found at this link.

The seminar brought together Mr Ainun Najib (co-founder, KawalPemilu.org) and Dr Rita Padawangi (Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute), to investigate the origins of Kawal Pemilu’s net activism and its potential impact for the future of national politics and civil society. It considered the role of netizens, social media, and the internet; and discusses potential partnership that Kawal Pemilu’s organisers might form with other net activists to promote greater transparency and accountability in Indonesian politics.

Review of Indonesia Studies

The Review of Indonesia Studies is a premium publication that seeks to review the field of Indonesia studies and highlight emergent research on Indonesia. The publication will focus on contemporary Indonesia, especially research related to the political economy, domestic politics, and sociological trends of Indonesia. It will bring together some of the best scholarship on Indonesia from different hubs of Indonesia studies around the world and the region.


The Indonesian Elections 2014

This edited volume brings together original research to provide readers with a comprehensive account of the 2014 legislative and presidential elections. It offers crucial background information on the state of Indonesian politics leading to the elections, a thorough analysis of trends, institutions, and important actors associated with the campaign, and an interpretation of the outcomes, suggesting also their implications.


Re-mapping Indonesian Muslims’ Political Aspirations

This study asks the question of whether religious piety still seeks political expression in Indonesia. In doing so, it aims to understand the patterns and nuances of the actualisation of political Islamic aspirations among Indonesian Muslims. It investigates three main Muslim groups: the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, members and cadres of Muslim-based political parties, and Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) members.



For upcoming seminars, please see the events page of the main ISEAS website.

Seminars over the past years:



ISEAS has published research and analyses on Indonesia in various formats. Each edition of the bimonthly ISEAS Monitor and the annual Southeast Asian Affairs covers Indonesia. Scholarship and research on Indonesia regularly appear in the ISEAS journals Contemporary Southeast Asia, Journal of Southeast Asian Economies and SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia.

ISEAS Perspective Issues

Titles on Indonesia include the following:

Ulla Fionna Vote-buying in Indonesia’s 2014 Elections: The Other Side of the Coin (4 June 2014)
Maxensius Tri Sambodo LPG Price Adjustments in Indonesia: An Unfinished Reform (14 May 2014)
Gwenael Njoto-Feillard The Islamic Factor in the 2014 Indonesian Elections (9 May 2014)
Leo Suryadinata An End to Discrimination for China and the Chinese in Indonesia?” (25 April 2014)
Maxwell Lane Indonesia’s 2014 Legislative Elections: The Dilemmas of “Elektabilitas” Politics (23 April 2014)
Alexander Arifianto Unpacking the Results of the 2014 Indonesian Legislative Elections (17 April 2014)
Alexander Arifianto, Ulla Fionna & Gwenael Njoto-Feillard A Snapshot of the Campaigning in Indonesia’s 2014 Legislative Elections (3 April 2014)
Ulla Fionna & Alexander Arifianto Getting to Know the Contestants of the 2014 Indonesian Parliamentary Elections (10 March 2014)
Alexander Arifianto Is Indonesia Experiencing a 'Democratic Rollback'? (27 February 2014)
Ian Wilson Resisting Democracy: Front Pembela Islam and Indonesia’s 2014 Elections” (24 February 2014)
John Lee Strategic Distance is Favoured in China-Indonesia Ties (21 November 2013)
Ulla Fionna Indonesian Presidential Election Forcing Rejuvenation of Parties (18 November 2013)
Maxwell Lane Who will be Indonesian President in 2014? (18 July 2013)
Zhao Hong China-Indonesia Economic Relations: Challenges and Prospects (4 July 2013)
Lee Poh Onn No End in Sight to Haze Dilemma (24 June 2013)
Khor Yu Leng Struggles for Sustainability In Palm Oil Industry Shows Results (1 April 2013)
Ulla Fionna Indonesian Parties Struggle for Electability (21 March 2013)
Thanut Tritasavit Indonesia Chairs APEC Again but Will 2013 be as Cogent as 1994? (3 December 2012)
Hui Yew-Foong & Ikrar Nusa Bakti The Gubernatorial Race in Jakarta: Background and Implications (1 November 2012)

Trends in Southeast Asia


John Lee China’s Engagement with Southeast Asia: Indonesia (29 December 2013)



ISEAS Publications has published a wide range of monographs edited volumes on Indonesia, including:

Some of these titles are available in PDF and hardcopies. For a more comprehensive list, please check our bookshop.



Photos by Erlin Goentoro (ayorek.org) and Josh Estey. Used with permission.