Understanding Indonesia’s 2019 Election Riots
About the Seminar
In Indonesia’s worst national election-related violence since 1999, two nights of rioting in Jakarta accompanied the official announcement on May 21 of the re-election of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi). The street clashes come amid a campaign by the Prabowo-led opposition to overturn the result of the presidential election, alleging systemic electoral fraud.
In this seminar, a panel of three speakers provides an analysis of the civil disorder in Jakarta and the consequences for Indonesia’s democracy. Quinton Temby examines the role of the Islamist opposition, Made Supriatma analyses the role of Indonesia’s security services, and Liam Gammon reflects on what the recent events mean for the quality of Indonesian democracy over the long term.
About the Speakers
Quinton Temby is Visiting Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. Prior to joining ISEAS, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. He completed his PhD thesis on the rise of global jihadism in Southeast Asia at the ANU in 2017.
Made Supriatma is Visiting Fellow at the Indonesia Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. He is the former editor of JoyoNews, an Indonesian news service for English-speaking subscribers. His research is mostly on military politics, ethnic conflicts and violence, and Indonesian politics. He is currently finishing his PhD with the Department of Government, Cornell University.
Liam Gammon is Editor of New Mandala. He is completing his PhD on populist politics in Indonesia at the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.