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Indonesia In-depth focuses on topics related to Indonesia such as politics, business, policy and even culture. Each episode will feature discussions among colleagues or interviews with special guests such as lawmakers, key government officials, top business leaders and various experts.

Indonesia In-depth focuses on topics related to Indonesia such as politics, business, policy and even culture. Each episode will feature discussions among colleagues or interviews with special guests such as lawmakers, key government officials, top business leaders and various experts.
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Indonesia In-depth focuses on topics related to Indonesia such as politics, business, policy and even culture. Each episode will feature discussions among colleagues or interviews with special guests such as lawmakers, key government officials, top business leaders and various experts.

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Floating Hospital & A Sinking Healthcare System

11/18/2019
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Launched in 2014, Indonesia’s Healthcare and Social Security Agency, locally known as BPJS Health, administers universal health care to millions of Indonesians through a heavily subsidized scheme. Although policy makers have good intentions, it's running an approximately US$1.49 billion deficit causing some health providers to be on the brink of collapse after being owed millions of dollars. Covering the program’s cost is not the only thing out of reach, BPJS services remain unattainable for...

Duration:00:24:29

Compromises, Equalizers & Dynasties

11/4/2019
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President Widodo set lofty goals when he took office in 2014 and many have yet to be achieved. Hoping to achieve them in his second term, Widodo’s newly-formed cabinet has raised serious questions as to whether those goals are attainable. The government coalition is super-sized and the make-up of cabinet is full of political accommodations and compromises. How might Widodo grab opportunities from this situation? Could Prabowo be a reliable equalizer to help Widodo gain political influence...

Duration:01:05:01

Indonesia's 21-year Transition to Democracy

10/29/2019
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This is a special live event edition of Indonesia In-depth. Indonesia began its transition to democracy in 1998 amid a simultaneous political, social and economic crisis. While the country has made tremendous progress with important economic and political reforms, Indonesia continues to remain in that democratic transition today. At this Indonesinist event held by the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs October 14-16, 2019, (Ret.) Army Lt. Gen. Agus Widjojo, Dr. Michael Vatikiotis, Dr....

Duration:01:19:52

"This is not an insult, it's just a critique!"

10/15/2019
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The Indonesian parliament has delayed passing the controversial new amendments to the criminal code, which dates back to the Dutch Colonial Era. Widodo backtracked his support at the last minute after public protests against the bill which is viewed as overcriminalization and draconian. One article in the bill that garnered attention is on the reintroduction of the defamation clause against the President and Vice President. We dive deep into that defamation article to explore why the...

Duration:00:30:13

The Future of Dining

8/26/2019
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Technology has changed the way we consume our food and beverages, and consequently, the way business players run their businesses. The rapidly penetrating online food delivery services and the rise of virtual kitchens along with traffic jams and a busy lifestyle, have paved ways for less brick-and-mortars establishments. However, not all F&B businesses have followed suit. One of them is Kopi Kenangan, the grab-and-go coffee chain that has experienced explosive growth in Jakarta’s metro area...

Duration:00:39:12

What It Takes To Rig An Election

8/12/2019
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The 2019 election has ended but the discourse of “election fraud” in Indonesia remains foggy and tends to shun away from the statistical elements that makes up the election itself. The Constitutional Court rejected Prabowo’s challenge to the 2019 presidential election results when he complained of “structural, systematic and massive electoral fraud”, but what does that standard even mean? Why does It matter in a large-scale election like Indonesia’s? How do you actually manipulate the voter...

Duration:00:55:13

A Receding Wave of Optimism in Myanmar

7/24/2019
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On this “Special International Edition” of Indonesia In-depth - A wave of optimism flowed over Myanmar in 2010 when the military leadership began the slow process of opening up the country and implementing both economic and democratic reforms. At the same time, the government began new efforts to establish peace with more than a dozen armed ethnic minority groups, which has been one of the world’s longest civil wars. This was followed by historic general elections in 2015 and a new...

Duration:00:34:59

"The election system is broken”… again?

7/11/2019
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Presidential contender, Prabowo Subianto and his political coalition, rejected the official presidential election results announced by the General Election Commission (KPU) and filed a lawsuit in the Constitutional Court citing that “structural, systematic and massive electoral fraud” had occurred. His challenge received quite a bit of attention in both the local/international media and by political observers that believed such a move could escalate political tensions and divide the...

Duration:00:28:25

Happiness On Loan

6/21/2019
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We start with this question: Are there any alternatives for borrowers to take loans safely without resorting to predatory loan sharks? But our quest to seek answers reveal how complicated Indonesians’ relationship with loans are. The obstacles with financial inclusivity in the conventional system and the growing online loan services clearly complicate the deeply-rooted loan culture among Indonesians. Join us in this episode with Dr. Chaikal Nuryakin from the Institute for Economic and Social...

Duration:00:30:27

One-on-one with Jusuf Kalla

4/26/2019
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Jusuf Kalla is known as prominent businessman turned veteran politician, serving two five-year terms as vice president for two different presidents. He was the critical figure in mediating peace in Aceh along with conflicts in Poso and Ambon and has been called “the peacemaker”. He was also tasked with running the country’s economy during Yudhoyono’s first term. As he is about to complete his second five-year term as vice president, we take a look on his thoughts, insights and legacy...

Duration:00:29:47

One-on-one with Jusuf Kalla

4/26/2019
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We had the honor and privilege to interview Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, on April 18, 2019, less than 24 hours after the nationwide elections. Kalla is known as prominent businessman turned veteran politician, serving two five-year terms as vice president for two different presidents. He was the critical figure in mediating peace in Aceh along with conflicts in Poso and Ambon and has been called “the peacemaker”. He was also tasked with running the country’s economy during Yudhoyono’s first...

Duration:00:29:49

Appreciating Indonesia’s Democratic Election

4/16/2019
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Some people, primarily among the international community, question whether the 2019 Indonesian elections will be free and fair, void of voter irregularities and/or violence. But are these concerns well-grounded? Do we need to be worried? Shawn believes that these concerns are reasonable but unfounded. We take a look at Indonesia’s recent history in 1998 and appreciate how far the country has come in terms of its democratic elections. In addition, we will discuss whether the new shift to a...

Duration:00:22:34

Appreciating Indonesia’s Democratic Election

4/16/2019
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Some people, primarily among the international community, question whether the 2019 Indonesian elections will be free and fair, void of voter irregularities and/or violence. But are these concerns well-grounded? Do we need to be worried? Shawn believes that these concerns are reasonable but unfounded. We take a look at Indonesia’s recent history in 1998 and appreciate how far the country has come in terms of its democratic elections. In addition, we will discuss whether the new shift to a...

Duration:00:22:36

ASEAN Through the Lens of a Human Rights Activist Working Inside ASEAN

3/22/2019
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Although ASEAN has been under fire for its powerlessness in the face of several human rights atrocities such as attacks on Rohingya ethnic minority in Myanmar, internal ASEAN officials, some of whom have lengthy human rights activism experience, remain optimistic that the association can be a force for good. What do they actually see in ASEAN’s non-interference and consensus principles? Why do they keep on appeasing the Myanmar Government while violence raged in Myanmar’s Rakhine State? Why...

Duration:00:26:55

Lost in Labels

3/1/2019
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What is wrong with foreign media’s portrayal to a Muslim figure who calls out other Muslims? How could it be harmful? Join us with Sakdiyah Ma’ruf, a brilliant stand-up comedian who gained international recognition for her stand against Islamic fundamentalism and extremism. In this episode, she reflects on her fear of misrepresentation, the actual rise of conservatism in Indonesia, complicated upbringing that influence her stances and untangling her thoughts on the complexities of these...

Duration:00:41:06

Simultaneously Strenuous

1/30/2019
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Despite its significance, not much has been discussed about the upcoming legislative and presidential election that will be held concurrently for the first time. The legislative election this year is going to be tougher as changes in various laws influence how political parties behave. What’s the relationship between the presidential candidates and their coalition party members? Will political parties benefit from a “coattail effect”? Will we see the end of some long-established parties this...

Duration:00:13:53

Indonesian Presidential Debates: Do They Matter?

1/17/2019
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As part of the upcoming 2019 legislative and presidential elections in April, the Indonesian Election Committee (KPU) will conduct the first official presidential debate on 17 January. The themes for this first debate are some of the most strategic and pressing subjects, which are legal affairs, human rights, corruption, and terrorism. How impactful will this debate be compared to the one in the 2014 election? Can this resolve the current flow of unsubstantial or sensational news relating to...

Duration:00:30:43

Electronic Nationalism

12/21/2018
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How do everyday Indonesian youths express their nationalism and how do they reconcile it with their interests? This episode is transporting you to the mind and works of Alffy Rev, the man behind the electronic remixes of Indonesian national songs and even the national anthem. Like many Indonesian youths, he is ambitious and creative, out of the box and radical, and definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. In a crossroad between his creative insights and deep sense of national pride, here is his...

Duration:00:16:57

Doubling Down on Data Part 2

12/7/2018
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Indonesian officials hope new policies can expedite growth for its digital economy. After years of deliberations, the government is preparing to finalize the revision to a controversial regulation (GR82/2012) that has prevented the county’s e-commerce and online businesses from living up to their fullest potential due to a overprotective and inflexible data regime. After discussions with government officials, we breakdown all the essential changes that will impact how data is managed and...

Duration:00:25:16

Doubling Down On Data Part 1

11/30/2018
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After talking with key lawmakers overseeing the information and communications sector about data privacy and security, we are back with a follow up episode on this topic but this time from the government's perspective. We sat down with the Director General of Information & Applications, Mr. Semuel Abrijani, a key official behind two major legal frameworks on data which will determine how consumer data can be used, how companies can store their data and how far the government can oversee...

Duration:00:23:33