Indonesia’s 2024 Elections: Java and Beyond


Indonesia’s historic three-horse presidential race took place on 14 February 2024. How did the country decide? This panel will discuss the repercussions of the election results and the key findings of our fellows from their fieldwork in different regions of the archipelagic nation-state. Among the topics discussed will be the dynamics of local/grassroots campaigning in Jakarta, the PDI-P versus Widodo (read: Prabowo-Gibran) campaign competition in Central Java and Yogyakarta, and sentiments in Medan and North Sumatra. The panel will reflect on the meaning of this election for Indonesia’s future political scene and Joko Widodo’s legacy.

About the Speakers

Dr Deasy Simandjuntak is a political scientist and a political anthropologist. She is Associate Fellow at ISEAS and Adjunct Associate Professor at National Chengchi University, Taipei. Her research interests include Southeast Asia’s and Indonesia’s democracy, democratisation and politics, especially clientelism and identity-politics. Her latest publication is “Disciplining the Accepted and Amputating the Deviants: Religious Nationalism and Segregated Citizenship in Indonesia” in the Asian Journal of Law and Society (Cambridge University Press, 2021). She wrote “How Multilateralism Does and Doesn’t Work in ASEAN“, in Shaping the future of multilateralism: Inclusive pathways to a just and crisis-resilient global order (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 2021). She is also co-editor of Aspirations with Limitations: Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs under Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (ISEAS Publishing, 2018).

Mr Antonius Made Tony Supriatma is a Visiting Research Fellow at ISEAS. He has conducted research on elections, decentralization, West Papua, and military politics. He is also an Early Warning Fellow with the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, an institution under the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Washington D.C. He is the lead author of the Simon-Skjodt Center’s report, “Don’t Abandon Us”: Preventing Mass Atrocities in Papua, Indonesia (2022).

Dr Ian Douglas Wilson is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at ISEAS. He is also a Senior Lecturer in International Politics and Security Studies, Academic Chair of the Global Security Program, and a Co-Director of the Indo-Pacific Research Centre, Murdoch University, Western Australia. His research interests cover Indonesian politics and society, in particular the dynamics of street politics and urban social movements. He is the author of The Politics of Protection Rackets (2015) and Politik Tenaga Dalam (2020).


This is a hybrid event which will be held at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS).

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Feb 20 2024


10:00 am - 11:30 am


ISEAS Seminar Room 2 / Webinar