Stalled Reforms? Institutional, Legal, and Political Changes in Indonesia After 25 Years


About the Hybrid Seminar

Twenty-five years ago, on 21 May 1998, Indonesians witnessed the fall of the authoritarian Suharto regime. That strife was the beginning of the Reformasi era and has opened doors for significant reforms in many aspects of the nation’s development, including politics and civil liberties, separation of the army and the police, as well as decentralisation. Since then, Indonesia has had five administrations with different sets of policy directions and political leadership.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Reformasi era, this seminar will delve into the current state of Indonesian government institutions, the legal system, and social movements. In a roundtable discussion, the speakers will examine Indonesia’s successes and failures in creating good governance, strengthening law enforcement, and fostering societal transformations over the past quarter-century. It will also explore the direction of Indonesia’s future movement, particularly in light of the upcoming leadership succession for the new administration in 2024. This seminar is jointly organised by the Indonesia Studies Programme at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and the Institute of Public Policy at the Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia (UAJ). Ms Julia M. Lau, Co-coordinator of the Indonesia Studies Programme, will moderate the roundtable.

About the Speakers

Dr Yanuar Nugroho is a Visiting Senior Fellow at ISEAS and a Lecturer at Driyarkara School of Philosophy, Jakarta. He was a former Deputy Chief of Staff in the Executive Office of the President (KSP) (2015-2019) and is currently the Expert Team Coordinator of the National SDGs Secretariat at the Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia. Yanuar is co-founder of and advisor to the Centre for Innovation Policy and Governance, a Jakarta-based think tank, and NALAR Institute.

Dr Indriaswati Dyah Saptaningrum is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law Atma Jaya Catholic University and the Executive director of Atma Jaya Institute of Public Policy (AJIPP). Before joining UAJ, for more than ten years, she worked in the field of legal reform and human rights advocacy, including human rights promotion in national and local policymaking. She conducts advocacy research, and legal and human rights research, and creates capacity-building programmes for non-profits and government agencies. She obtained her PhD in Law from the UNSW Law School in Sydney. Her dissertation investigates the laws and regulations on the internet as an emerging regulatory field and power contestation among key actors which has shaped the development of this field (2008-2018). Currently, she is working on a collaborative diagnostic study on the violence against women in VR/AR jointly with Monash University Malaysia.

Dr Muhammad Fajar is Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Research at Atma Jaya Catholic University (IFAR-UAJ). His research interests revolve around social movements, state formation, and youth politics. He obtained his doctorate in the field of comparative politics from Northwestern University. His dissertation unpacks the impact of Indonesian student movements during the regime transition period (1998–1999). He is currently working on a study that looks at Indonesian youth movements from a comparative point of view.


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

Attending the Event In-person at ISEAS

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Attending the Event Virtually via Webinar

To join the event virtually at the specified date and time using your internet devices, please register here to receive your unique login link for the webinar via the zoom platform.

If you have questions for the speakers, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speaker during the Q&A session.


May 16 2023


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


ISEAS Seminar Room 2 / Webinar