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Indonesian police disperse protesters.

Post-Pandemic Authoritarianism Looms in Indonesia

A crackdown on government critics accompanied coronavirus lockdowns. It hasn’t let up.

A mural depicts Indonesian President Joko Widodo with the network error message “404: Not found” covering his eyes.

Has Joko Widodo’s Power Peaked in Indonesia?

The country’s future hinges on how Jokowi navigates his final years as president.

Indonesia's Widodo and China's Xi in Beijing

Indonesia Unprepared as Great Powers Clash in Indo-Pacific

Jakarta is Asia’s greatest geopolitical prize. But its foreign-policy reflexes are long outdated.

Gravediggers carry the coffin of a coronavirus victim in Indonesia.

Indonesia Can’t Keep Up With Its COVID-19 Cases

As the massive wave driven by the delta variant spreads to outlying regions, official data may not reflect the scale of the tragedy.

Woman receives Sinovac vaccine in Indonesia

Indonesia Is Quietly Warming Up to China

Once inching toward war, the Asian giants are getting closer—while Washington seems unserious and disengaged.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives at Osan Air Base.

The Glitch That Ruined Blinken’s ASEAN Debut

The top U.S. diplomat’s first meeting with Southeast Asian ministers was thwarted for a very relatable reason.

Police stands guard around the statue of Jan Pieterszoon Coen in Hoorn, the Netherlands, on June 19.

The Dutch Are Uncomfortable With Being History’s Villains, Not Victims

A refusal to confront colonial atrocities persists in the Netherlands.

Papuan students take part in a rally.

Black Lives Matter in Indonesia, Too

American protests are inspiring Indonesians to tackle racism against Papuans.

Soldiers respond to coronavirus in the Philippines

The Pandemic Has Given Armies in Southeast Asia a Boost

In Indonesia and the Philippines, military leaders are managing the coronavirus response—with lasting political repercussions.

Coronavirus Misinformation Arrests in Indonesia

Coronavirus ‘Fake News’ Arrests Are Quieting Critics

In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.

Workers move molten iron at a furnace in the production area of the Zhongtian Steel Group Corp. in Changzhou, China, on May 13, 2016.

Don’t Let China Steal Your Steel Industry

Beijing is rapidly becoming the dominant player in an industry vital to defense and technology companies. If the United States and Europe aren’t careful, they will become dependent.

An Israeli protester lifts a placard during a rally in Tel Aviv on April 25, to protest what the demonstrators consider threats to Israeli democracy.

What Democracy Will Fall Next?

Hungary was the first democratic victim of the coronavirus. It may not be the last.

City workers spray a neighborhood with disinfectant in Jakarta on April 1.

Indonesians Fear Democracy Is the Next Pandemic Victim

A comprehensive new bill claims to be about business challenges but dangerously strengthens executive power.

People sit on benches with sections marked off for social distancing at a mall in Surabaya, Indonesia, on April 20, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The End of Emerging Markets?

Economies such as Brazil, Indonesia, India, Russia, and Turkey face a daunting new reality.

A student shows a letter from the Indonesian health ministry

Indonesian Screening May Be Missing Virus Carriers

The popular tourist destination has had no coronavirus cases. Is that good luck—or bad testing?

Indonesian health officials stand next to a banner showing information about the Wuhan coronavirus at Juanda International Airport in Sidoarjo, East Java, on Jan. 30.

Coronavirus Boosts Indonesian Anti-Chinese Conspiracies

Wild claims of Chinese plots are spreading fast on social media.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo shakes hands with Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto

Jokowi Offers Prabowo a Piece of the Pie

The new Indonesian defense minister is a threat to the president—and democracy.

Protesters demonstrate against proposed changes to Indonesia's criminal code.

Indonesia’s Activists Are Ready to Fight Together

Coalitions are forming in the face of threats to democracy and pluralism.

Indonesian riot police charge toward protesters during a demonstration in Mataram on Sept. 30.

Protests Against Joko Widodo Rock Indonesia

In the largest student uprising in decades, former supporters of the president are now questioning his commitment to reform.

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