Tensions in Aceh are high as elections approach, although they have receded somewhat from a peak in mid-February.
More than a month after the 17 July 2009 hotel bombings in Jakarta, Noordin Mohammed Top remains at large, but his network is proving to be larger and more sophisticated than previously thought.
Indonesia has earned well-deserved praise for its handling of home-grown extremism, but the problem has not gone away.
The return of thousands of former refugees who fled across the border from Timor-Leste to Indonesia after the 1999 referendum should be encouraged by both governments as another step towards deeper reconciliation.
A suicide bomb at an Indonesian police station last week fits a pattern of “individual jihad” aimed at local targets undertaken by small groups acting independently of large jihadi organisations but sometimes with their encouragement.
Indonesia should put the passage of a controversial intelligence bill on hold until there is a more comprehensive assessment of its security needs.
Five years after the first post-conflict elections in Aceh brought former guerrillas of the Free Aceh Movement (Gerakan Aceh Merdeka, GAM) to power, local elections scheduled for November 2011 are turning into a bitter intra-GAM battle.
A spike in violence in Indonesian Papua over the last two months underscores the urgency of exploring new ideas to address conflict there.
The government needs to quickly answer questions about an outbreak of violence in Ambon on 11 September that has raised communal tensions and may have been the motivation for the 25 September bombing of a church in Solo, Central Java.
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