Symposium on The Future of Indonesian Politics: Analyzing the Outcomes and Implications of the 2019 Elections

Co-organized by Indonesia Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (Singapore) and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Indonesia)

The 2019 Indonesian presidential and parliamentary elections have taken place in April 2019. Besides determining the president and vice-president, the elections also determined which political parties would be most dominant in parliament. These outcomes will shape Indonesian politics for the next five years and beyond. At the same time, a new generation of Indonesian politicians will emerge to take center-stage in the next round of elections in 2024. How will the outcome of the 2019 elections shape the future of Indonesian politics, and who will be the main actors playing critical roles in this future?

These questions concerning the shape of Indonesia’s political future also have to be considered in the context of the last twenty years of electoral democracy that Indonesia has experienced. How do we assess the state of Indonesian democracy? Has it “backslided”, or been in decline, since the Reformasi Movement in 1998? Or has it developed along paths that are very much in keeping with Indonesia’s political structure and culture, with characteristics that conform to historical conditions that define Indonesia as a nation?

Some of these conditions include but are not limited to: geo-cultural differences that divide the population across the archipelago; different visions of the role of Islam in the state; and differences between Muslims and minority groups.

In addition, new and emerging trends in Indonesian electoral politics also demand attention. Looking forward to the 2024 presidential race, a younger generation of politicians will take the place of those who built their careers during the New Order era. In terms of the electorate, millennial voters and digital natives will come to the fore. How will this generational shift influence the nature of Indonesian democracy? What will distinguish Indonesia’s millennial elite from the old guard?

Given the above background, the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS) invites a group of leading international scholars to make presentations on various major aspects of Indonesian democracy. These experts will examine the assessment of Indonesia’s democracy with regard to the 2019 elections; to discuss the structure and culture of Indonesian politics in determining the country’s political landscape; and to look at the Indonesia’s political landscape moving forward.

Attendance to the Symposium is free of charge but registration is required by 8 July 2019.

As seats are limited, please register early. Admission to the Symposium can only be taken as confirmed upon receiving the written acceptance from ISEAS.

For any queries, please feel free to e-mail

Best wishes,

Mr Made Supriatma and Dr Quinton Temby

You may download the programme and registration form below:

1) Programme

2) Registration Form


Jul 11 - 12 2019


All Day


ISEAS Seminar Room