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

E26: Electronic Nationalism

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. Here is his story exclusively for Indonesia in-depth podcast.

E25: Doubling Down on Data Part II

Indonesian officials hope new policies can expedite growth for its digital economy. The government is preparing to finalize the revision to a controversial regulation (GR82/2012) which is viewed as overprotective and inflexible data regime. We breakdown all the essential changes that will impact how data is managed and processed and which data can flow outside Indonesia’s borders.

E24: Doubling down on Data Part I

After a wave of data privacy scandals hitting Facebook, Google and Starwood, the government plans to introduce the Data Privacy Bill to parliament with hopes it will be passed in mid 2019 We discuss all the key points of the bill with the man behind the bill, Director General Samuel Abrijani.  

E23: Between Faith & Hope - Shanty Shamdasani's Journey Towards Politics

After 20 years as a senior executive with multinational corporations across Southeast Asia, Miss Shanti Shamdasani is running for seat in parliament. She hopes to bring her values and lessons learned to the Lower House. She talks to us about the difficulties of staying “clean” and not “paying to play” on the campaign trail, her thoughts on how to improve the e-commerce sector and her stance on the latest Indonesia-Australia Free Trade Deal.

E22: 2014 vs 2019 Election, Surprise Bills & Rising Stars - Q&A Roundtable

The 2019 presidential race has officially started. With two months into the campaign, we are joined by our colleague at LEXICO Indonesia, Arief Budiman, who shares valuable insights on what’s different from this year’s campaign from the one in 2014, analysis on both campaign teams, and the trajectory for the coming general election next April. We will also learn how bills and policies are strategically prepared during this period and see which may have some surprises.

E21: Indonesians Hope to Control Their Data in 2019

We discuss important issues involving Indonesia’s technology sector, namely data privacy, data centers and streaming services with senior Golkar lawmaker Satya Yudha. The government will soon submit a new data privacy bill to the House. This is an important bill. We provide you the details and talk about how it will impact both consumers and tech companies.

E20: Who Controls Water In Indonesia?

We sit down Dr. Mohammad Mova Al’Afghani to discuss the 2018 Water Bill being deliberated by the House. This is a crucial bill and as the current draft stands, it would have a wide impact on the businesses as well as on local communities. This bill involves a lot more than just water and we break down all the key aspects that you need to know.

E19: Illegal Food, Water & Data Leaks

We respond to feedback from listeners and answer some of their questions about bills in parliament such as the Data Privacy Protection Bill, Water Bill and Food and Drug Bill. I also talk about what happens if one of the candidates withdraws from the 2019 presidential election. 

E18: Coalitions Put Jokowi & Prabowo In A Bind

In recent episodes, we have covered the run up to the 2019 presidential campaign and the political negotiations that have been involved, particularly the coalition building between political parties. We also discussed how parties are scrambling to form coalitions to meet presidential thresholds. But why do they even need coalitions and what’s all the fuss about?

E17: Jokowi’s Coalition Negotiations & a Kalla “Third Term”

Despite what the news headlines state, Widodo has yet to decide who will be his next VP candidate. It’s becoming more and more likely that President Widodo’s next vice presidential candidate will not come from a political party but rather be an outsider. We cover Widodo's expectations and negotiations with his coalition partners and Vice President Kalla's efforts to run for a third term as VP.

E16: We focus on the latest developments involving the controversial hardline Islamic association known as the "212 Alumni". This group was instrumental in the campaign against the former Jakarta governor Basuki Purnama or Ahok in 2017. The 212 Alumni is making headlines once again as they hope to play a another role in a new coalition to challenge President Widodo’s re-election run in 2019. We discussed a variety of topics such as, the controversial cleric Habib Rizieq, the use of identity politics, the 212 groups view of Widodo, and how 212 intends to play a role in the upcoming presidential elections in 2019. 

E15X: Golkar, Widodo & the VP Seat

The lack of clarity of who will be Widodo’s next vice presidential candidate has caused internal friction inside the Golkar party. This situation has left several senior party members questioning Widodo’s loyalty to his closest ally. Widodo’s key coalition member has become divided on whether to fully back the president for a second term as the president eyes other candidates besides Golkar chairman, Airlangga Hartarto.

E14: Terrorism and deradicalization in Indonesia with Rakyan Adibrata

Rakyan Adi Brata, a Jakarta-based terrorism expert and advisor to the Indonesian parliament provides insight and analysis on ISIS, terrorism organizations and the government’s deradicalization program. He talks about JAD terror group, Indonesian ISIS fighters and recent terror attacks in the country.

E13: Ridlwan Habib On Islamic Extremism In Indonesia

This is an informal yet insightful conversation I had with with Islamic extremism expert Ridlwan Habib. We discuss the history of Islamic radicalization in Indonesia dating back to the 1940s to the June 2018 death sentence verdict for the JAD ideologist, Aman Abdurrahman.

E12: Ahoks Trusted Assistant Michael Sianipar

We speak with Michael Sianipar, at age 27, he was one of former Jakarta Governor Ahok's trusted assistant until his final days in office. He is now head of the Indonesia Solidarity Party (PSI) Jakarta office. We discuss Ahok's demise, his style of leadership and the future of Indonesia. We also learn more about one of Indonesia's newest political parties and how this younger generation plan on changing Indonesia politics.

E11: One On One With Deputy House Speaker Fadli Zon

We sit down with Deputy Speaker of the House and Senior Gerindra Party member Mr. Fadli Zon to discuss the Anti terrorism Bill, the Criminal Code Bill, the dire Rohingya situation in Myanmar and of course the Prabowo Subianto’s run for the presidency. 

E10: Solving Indonesia’s Political Rubik’s Cube

This episode is your new manual for Indonesian politics! We lay out all the pieces of the Indonesian political Rubik’s cube and put them all together with Dr. Djayadi Hanan. We cover all the important elements of the 2018 regional elections, the political party dynamics, the political battle for House seats in 2019, which parties are set to become extinct as well as the Widodo - Prabowo contest for the presidency. It’s a full episode and the go to guide for understanding Indonesian politics.

E:XXAlcohol Bill, Anti Terror Bill & Water Bill - Parliament Update

We provide insights into the most recent House session along with key bills being deliberated such as the Alcohol Bill, Anti Terrorism Bill and the Water Bill.

E08: Indonesia’s Rising Star

We speak with one Indonesia's rising stars in Indonesian politics. Observers have dubbed him "a politician to watch in 2019". We discuss his future plans, his key policies and about developments in the West Nusa Tenggara Province.

E07: Widodo's Cabinet Changes - January 2018

Arief Budiman & Shawn Corrigan provide in-depth analysis and insights on the recent changes to Widodo's cabinet. We break down each seat change one by one.

E06: Changes To The Golkar Party's Senior Board & Challenges To Indonesia's Defense Budget- Guest Lawmaker Bobby Rizaldi

Golkar Faction Lawmaker & Commission I Member, Bobby Rizaldi, provides his insights on the latest internal changes to the Golkar Party's Senior Board and answers questions on Indonesia's defense sector.

E05: Insights & Analysis On The Appointment of House Speaker Bambang Soesatyo

We look at why Soesatyo was appointed as speaker, the dynamics inside the Golkar Party as well as the appointment's impact to parliament and President Widodo.


E04: Jokowi Assessment & 2018 Political Outlook with Marzuki Darusman

Senior Golkar member and UN Special Representative Marzuki Darusman provides his assessment of Jokowi's first three years in office and the 2018 political outlook for Indonesia. 

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E01: Jokowi's Relationship With The Golkar Party

LEXICO Indonesia’s politcal risk expert, Arief Budiman, explains the internal dynamics in the Golkar Party as well as the new relationship between the party Chairman Airlangga Hartarto and President Widodo.