Research based debate –

Jakarta Post, Tempo and

Economic & Political Weekly


  • ‘From irony of success to tragedy of failure’failure’ Jakarta Post 30.10.20 PDF.

  • ‘Homage to AE Priyono’. Jakarta Post 15 04.20 PDF.

  • ‘In memoriam: Arief Budiman, architect of the democracy movement’, Jakarta Post 04.20, PDF.

  • ‘The rise and crumbling of reformist populism in Indonesia’ Jakarta Post 29 and 30.10.19 PDF.

  • ’The Politics of Amnesia’ Economic and Political Weekly 3 Oct 2015 (full version) cit with PDF in article section – Indonesia. Short version; ’The Politics of Amnesia’ Jakarta Post 29.09.15) PDF.

  • ‘From Neoliberalism to New-Etatism’, Jakarta Post 18 Dec, 2014. PDF.

Next generation. (East Laut Island, Kotabaru, S. Kalimantan)


  • ‘Stagnation or Transformation in Jokowi’s Indonesia?’ Tempo (English Edition) November 23, 2014, Jakarta. PDF.

  • ‘Indonesia’s Democratization Stagnant but Not Lost’, Jakarta Post, February 25, 2014. PDF. 

  • ‘Megawati’s Indian Lessons’, Jakarta Post, December 16, 2013. PDF.

  • ‘Democracy Bashing: On Corruption and Peace’ In Aceh, Jakarta Post, 27 January 2012. PDF.

  • ‘Is Social Democracy Being Undermined?’ (2011) Economic and Political Weekly (op.cit. with PDF in article/essays – general section)

  • ‘The Maestro of Civil Society Work (Remembering Asmara Nababan)’ Jakarta Post, 8 November /2010. PDF. 

  • ‘Remembering Joesoef Isak's Contribution to Democracy’, Jakarta Post, August 21, 2009. PDF.

  • ‘The Nobel Prize for Ahtisaari and Aceh’, Jakarta Post 10 December, 2008. PDF. 

  • ‘Indonesian Democracy: Advances, Setbacks, Options’, Jakarta Post, May 6, 2008. PDF 

  • ‘From Elitist to Popular Representation’, Jakarta Post, April 11, 2007. PDF

  • ‘The Political System Needs to be Opened, Not Closed’, Jakarta Post, December 27, 2006. PDF

  • ‘Making Democracy Meaningful for Indonesia’, Jakarta Post, November 24, 2005. PDF

  • ‘Indonesian Democracy: Façade or Under Way?’ Jakarta Post, January 1, 2005. PDF

  • ‘The Mulyana Soap Opera, Tempo 4/2005 PDF

  • ‘Dilemmas of the Post-Soeharto Democracy Movement in Indonesia’, Jakarta Post, January 27, 2004. PDF

  • ‘Problems and Options of Indonesian Democratisation’, Jakarta Post,February 2, 2004. PDF. Extended version in Economic and Political Weekly,  XXXIX:10, March 6, 2004.

  • ‘The Death of a Human Rights Campaigner’, Jakarta Post, November 26, 2004. PDF

  • ‘Munir: In Memoriam’, in Economic and Political Weekly, XXXIX:48, November 27, 2004. PDF                                                                           

In Flores                                                        

  • ‘C’mon, Bung, Let’s Get It Back’, Tempo, October 18, 2004. (In Indonesian in Edisi11-17 October) PDF

  • ‘What’s Wrong with Indonesia’s Democratisation?’ Asian Journal of Social Sciences (2002) op.cit with PDF in article section-Indonesia. Brief versionpublished in Jakarta Post, April 10 and 11, 2001,PDF and Economic and Political Weekly, April 14, 2001.

  • ‘An Open Letter to Indonesian Reformists’ (about the need for a genuine truth and reconciliation commission on the 1965/66 massacres), Jakarta Post, April 17, 2000. PDF

  • ‘Students Deserve Peace Prize’ – Jakarta Post 1999-10-07. 

  • ‘Reconciliation a Must in East Timor’ - Jakarta Post/on line edition Jakarta. 1999-09-28 (also with the title Crisis in East Timor in Economic and Political Weekly (Bombay) Vol. XXXIV:39, 1999) - Jakarta Post, Jakarta, 1999-09-27/28. PDF to EPW version

  • ‘Birth of the World's Third Largest Democracy - Part 1 & 2 -- Jakarta Post, Economic and Political Weekly,Bombay (1999) Op.cit. with PDF in article section-Indonesia

  • ‘The Day After’, in Economic and Political Weekly, January 8, 2000. PDF 

  • ‘Will the Students Succeed?’ in Jakarta Post 1999-02-09. PDF

  • ‘Sizing up an Appropriate Electoral System’, in Jakarta Post 1998-12-09. PDF

  • ‘The Indonesian Lesson’ (brief version) Jakarta Post 1998 (Op.cit. with PDF in article-essay section – Indonesia.)

  • ‘Whither Studies of Asian Democratisation?’ in Kasarinlan University of the Philippines. 1997; 12 (1) and  Economic and Political Weekly. 1998-01; 33 (3). PDF

  • ‘Violence in Paradise’, in Economic and Political Weekly1998-01:33(4) and with the title ‘The Dark Side of Paradise’, in Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars,  30:4 (1998). PDF

  • ‘From New to Human Order in Indonesia?’ In NIAS nytt,  3, October 1996 and Economic and Political Weekly, October 5, 1996, PDF

  • ‘Old Communism Irrelevant’ (during the crackdown on democracy activists branded as communists) in Jakarta Post,1996-08-23. PDF