Vision 2020: Identity politics returns, but not without challenge

Trade tensions are set to linger but there are glimmers of hope. Trust within societies is fraying and identity politics surging, but not without a challenge. Technology is making a difference to many, and climate change is getting closer attention. Insight explores these issues and how they might play out this year.

Here's how conservative a place Indonesia's province of Aceh is.

The jailing for blasphemy of former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a one-time ally of President Joko Widodo, so outraged voters there they abandoned Mr Joko in droves at elections last April by a margin of six to one.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 05, 2020, with the headline 'Identity politics returns, but not without challenge'. Print Edition | Subscribe