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The World in Motion: What Widodo Wants

Tuesday October 19th 2021 | 20:00-21:30 | Academiegebouw (Aula)

After his election in 2014, President Joko Widodo was named Indonesia’s Obama. “A new hope”, Time Magazine headlined. He proved that an ordinary Indonesian could trump the political elite and promised to speak for the ordinary masses. Since then, he has improved the country’s infrastructure, promoted economic growth and expanded social welfare. But under his watch, anticorruption efforts have stalled and minority rights have been eroded. Is he really a symbol of democratic progress? David Henley (LEI), Geographer and Indonesianist by training, will tell us more about Indonesia under President Joko Widodo during an interview with Sophie Derkzen (Bureau Buitenland, VPRO).

In collaboration with Studium Generale and the Centre for Global Challenges.