Hefner Attends International Conference on Islamic Law and Inclusive Citizenship
Professor Hefner argued that Indonesia, and NU specifically, has the potential to make enormous contributions to the global community; “it’s time for NU to rise to the international stage, speak out, and make such a positive contribution to solving political problems as well as intellectual and moral challenges faced by all humanity.”
Menchik Offers Insight on Indonesian Presidential Candidate
“There is cause for alarm when a pedigreed intellectual like [former Jakatar governor Anies] Baswedan deploys a craven election strategy…he knows better.”
Hefner Explores the Future of Religious Freedom in Indonesia
Despite Indonesia’s history of authoritarian rule as well as severe political and economic crisis, Hefner finds hope in the country’s continued commitment to a multi-religious and multi-ethnic Indonesia.
Menchik Article Explores Fatwas and Impact in Indonesian Politics
“To understand MUI’s growing power, it is necessary to look beyond these traditional modes of Islamic legal authority to modern organizational forms and their attendant strategies for exerting social control. In the modern age, Islamic legal authority reflects the dominant logic of political authority in society.”
Menchik Breaks Down Indonesia’s New Criminal Code
Professor Menchik argues that the passage of the new criminal code marks a bad moment for Indonesian democracy; however, these kinds of moments have played out in the past, and in those instances, civil society and human rights organizations mobilize and the moderates tend to win in the end.
Heine Keynote Explores BRICS and the Reimagining of Global Governance
Ambassador Heine elaborates on the rise of the BRICS group over the course of the past decade and a half, the various stages it has gone through, the significance of the Shanghai-based New Development Bank, and the potential addition of new members, like Argentina and/or Indonesia.
Hefner Attends G20’s International Summit of Religious Leaders
Professor Hefner was one of 220 religious leaders and policy analysts from all faith traditions and more than sixty countries in attendance to discuss how to reveal nurturing religion as a source of global solutions.
Menchik Discusses Spread of Moderate Islam During AICIS Plenary
In his remarks, Professor Menchik addresses two main questions: how can moderate Islam be effectively implemented in the public sphere, and what are the internal and external challenges to identity politics in Indonesia and the wider world?
Hefner Featured in Celebration of Indonesia’s Independence Day
Professor Hefner was among three featured Western Indonesianists who share the diverse ways in which they came to appreciate Indonesia and Muslim society in Indonesia in particular.
GDP Center Paper Explains Impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Indonesia
Chinese investment in Indonesia is unique from other BRI projects, as it’s concentrated in the environmentally sensitive sectors of the metals industry and infrastructure. This GDP Center research compares the environmental risks between FDI projects and identifies Indigenous communities that may be impacted by multiple risks
Hefner Explores Impact of Television on Indonesian Islamic Resurgence
Professor Hefner notes that a far-reaching Islamic resurgence has occurred over the past 24 years, coincident with Indonesia’s return to electoral democracy, and an often overlooked feature of that resurgence has been the role of television media.
Hefner Interviewed on Great Power Strategies in Southeast Asia
In his remarks, Professor Hefner comments on the U.S. “shift to Asia” and if that will help combat Chinese influence in the region as well as Russia’s dealings in the region and how its invasion of Ukraine strained relations.
Hefner Offers Insights Into Successes of Indonesian Democracy
“The challenges that Indonesian democracy faces have more to do with structural vulnerabilities that are plaguing or afflicting democracy around the world than they do anything specific to ‘Islam’ or Muslim society in Indonesia.”
Hefner Keynotes IIIU First International Conference on Islamic Education
Among the world’s Muslim majority countries, Indonesia has been the most successful in transitioning to a functioning and fair electoral democracy as well as upholding a tradition of multiethnic and multireligious citizenship; this is something the whole world can learn from.
Menchik Co-Authors Journal Article on Election Campaigns in Indonesia
Under what conditions will Islamists moderate to support democracy and pluralism? Under what conditions will they adopt more exclusive behavior?
Hefner Discusses Conservative Islam in Indonesia at AAS Conference
Professor Hefner’s remarks echoed the findings of his recent paper, which analyzes the causes and consequences of the “conservative turn” in Indonesian Muslim politics in democratic Indonesia.
Hefner’s Fifth “Indonesian Pluralities” Documentary Released
The documentary – “Religion in Quarantine: The Covid Pandemic in Indonesia” – traces the response of Indonesia’s diverse religious communities to the COVID-19 pandemic from early 2020 to late 2021.
Hefner Discusses Indonesia’s Democracy During “Unfinished Indonesia” Screening
Professor Hefner discusses Indonesia’s transition to democracy, how it stands alone as the only Muslim majority country to make a successful transition to democracy, and forces that threaten that democracy.
Gallagher Appointed Co-Chair of T20 Indonesia Task Force
As a co-chair of the Task Force, Gallagher will be in charge of the process of calling for policy briefs and organizing various internal as well as external events that ensure the alignment of the T20 and G20 agenda.
Hefner Testifies Before U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Professor Hefner and fellow experts highlight ongoing religious freedom issues facing two of the largest democracies in the world: India and Indonesia.