ST Deep Dive: Joko’s way, fresh worry over Rohingya

Here's a round-up of recent commentaries and more by think-tanks in the region and elsewhere that could be of interest to those who watch Asia.

There has been worry that political life in Indonesia is backsliding into illiberal democracy due to the absence of an opposition that can offer itself as a viable alternative to the current government. 

However, says Dr Max Lane, visiting senior fellow at Iseas – Yusof Ishak Institute, it may be more useful to characterise contemporary Indonesian politics as going through a phase of liberal democracy where the government is comprised of most of the major parties in Parliament, with not much divergence in their policy preferences. 

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