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Alexander R. Arifianto is a Research Fellow with the Indonesia Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. Previously, he was a Visiting Fellow with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame (Indiana, United States of America). In addition, he worked as a research analyst with the SMERU Research Institute in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dr. Arifianto earned his Ph.D. in political science from Arizona State University in August 2012. His ongoing research interests include: Islamic politics in Indonesia, political economy of regional autonomy and local level governance, civil society organizations and democratization in Indonesia, and comparative politics of Southeast Asia. Dr. Arifianto’s articles have been published in a number of refereed journals, including Asian Politics and Policy, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, and Journal of Southeast Asian Economies (formerly ASEAN Economic Bulletin). In addition, he recently published a number of articles in an edited volume entitled ISEAS Perspective: Watching the Indonesian Elections 2014, (Singapore: ISEAS Publishing, 2015).
Areas of Expertise
- Indonesian Politics
- Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia
- Islamic Politics in Indonesia
- Political Economy of Regional Autonomy and Local Level Governance
- Civil Society Organizations and Social Movements
Phi Beta Kappa, Ripon College, 1999.
Freeport McMoran Fellowship for Indonesian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies Programme, SAIS-Johns Hopkins University, 2005-07.
Freeman Foundation Fellowship for Southeast Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies Programme, SAIS-Johns Hopkins University, 2005-07.
Hardt Graduate Fellowship in Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies, Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University, 2010-11.
Association of Asian Studies, Member, 2007-present.
WP300 | Analysing Transformative Local Leadership in Indonesia
12 December, 2016
NU’s 2021 National Congress: Contestation Within
02 December, 2021
Global Health Security COVID-19 and Its Impacts - Indonesia’s New Lockdown: Jokowi’s Legacy?
13 July, 2021
Jokowi’s Sixth Reshuffle: Securing His Legacy?
30 April, 2021
All Politics is Local: Retired Officers in Regional Elections
17 March, 2021
Indonesia's New Parties: Evolving Conservative Landscape?
19 November, 2020
Pancasila Guidance Bill: Tweaking Indonesia’s Ideology?
08 July, 2020
Global Health Security: COVID-19 and Its Impacts - Indonesia’s Islamic Charities: Plugging Gaps in Economic Relief
19 June, 2020
Global Health Security - Covid-19 Pandemic in Indonesia: Government Response and Politics
02 April, 2020
2019 Indonesian Presidential and Legislative Elections - The New Indonesian Parliament: Who Won and What It Means
07 May, 2019
Indonesian Presidential Election 2019 - After the Big Fight: Results and Implications
22 April, 2019
Indonesian Presidential Election 2019 - State of Play: Who Will Win in Largest Single-Day Elections?
12 April, 2019
Indonesian Presidential Election 2019 - East Java: Deadheat in a Battleground Province
27 March, 2019
Indonesian Presidential Election 2019 - Prabowo Subianto: Reluctant Yet Strong Contender
14 January, 2019
Indonesian Presidential Election 2019 - Joko Widodo: Vulnerable Despite Strong Incumbency
11 January, 2019
CO18123 | The 2019 Indonesian Presidential Election - The Jockeying Gathers Pace: Fluidity Of Candidates and Parties
20 July, 2018
CO18110 | Indonesia’s 2018 Regional Elections - Regional Setback For Jokowi?
28 June, 2018
CO18107 | Indonesia’s 2018 Regional Elections - West Kalimantan: Identity Politics at the Forefront
26 June, 2018
CO18098 | The East Java Gubernatorial Race: Dead Heat but Non-Controversial
18 June, 2018
CO18069 | Indonesian Presidential Election 2019 - Islam and Indonesia’s Presidency Race: A Defining Role?
18 April, 2018
CO18064 | Indonesia’s 2018 Regional Elections - Pilkada Serentak: Role of Identity Politics
04 April, 2018
CO18032 | Indonesia’s Ideological Convergence: Emerging Trend in Islamic Regulations?
27 February, 2018
CO17228 | Islamic Defenders Front: An Ideological Evolution?
04 December, 2017
CO17213 | Islam with Progress: Muhammadiyah and Moderation in Islam
10 November, 2017
CO17136 | Indonesia Ban on Civil Society Bodies: Spot On or Overreach?
18 July, 2017
CO17099 | Banning Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia: Freedom or Security?
18 May, 2017
CO17018 | Politics, Plurality and Inter-Group Relations in Indonesia - Islam Nusantara & Its Critics: The Rise of NU’s Young Clerics
23 January, 2017
CO16289 | Politics, Plurality and Inter-Group Relations - Addressing Religious Intolerance in Indonesia
28 November, 2016
CO16194 Jokowi’s Second Cabinet Reshuffle: Implications for Indonesian Politics
28 July, 2016
CO16114 | Islam Nusantara: NU’s Bid to Promote “Moderate Indonesian Islam”
17 May, 2016
CO15273 | Simultaneous Local Elections in Indonesia: More Power for Incumbents?
17 December, 2015
CO15230 | The 2015 Muhammadiyah Muktamar: Narrow Win for Moderates
28 October, 2015
CO15189 | The 2015 NU Muktamar: Further Conservative Turn in Indonesian Islam?
02 September, 2015
- “Rising Islamism and the Struggle for Islamic Authority in Indonesia” in TRaNS: Trans-National and Regional Studies of Southeast Asia, 8, 1, 2020, 37-50
- “Special Editor’s Introduction: TraNS Special Section on ‘Growing Religious Intolerance in Indonesia’” (with Leonard C. Sebastian) in TRaNS: Trans-National and Regional Studies of Southeast Asia, 8, 2020, 2020. 1-5
- “Rising Islamism and the Struggle for Islamic Authority in Indonesia” in TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia, 2019
- Fionna, Ulla and Alexander R. Arifianto. “Getting to Know the Contestants of the 2014 Indonesian Parliamentary Elections,” in Ulla Fionna (ed.). ISEAS Perspective: Watching the Indonesian Elections 2014, (Singapore: ISEAS Publishing, 2015), pp. 41-53.
- Arifianto, Alexander R. “Explaining the Cause of Muslim-Christian Conflicts in Indonesia: Tracing the Origins of Kristenisasi and Islamisasi,” Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 20 (1) (Winter 2009): 73-89
- Arifianto, Alexander R. “The Securitization of International Labor Migration: The Case of Malaysia and Indonesia,” Asian Politics and Policy, 1 (4) (Fall 2009): 613-630.
Edited Books / Special Issues
- The 2018 and 2019 Indonesian Elections: Identity Politics and Regional Perspectives (with Leonard C. Sebastian), Eds. Abingdon: Routledge, 2020
- Rising Islamic Conservatism in Indonesia: Islamic Groups and Identity Politics (with Leonard C. Sebastian, and Syafiq Hasyim), Eds. Abingdon: Routledge, 2020
Chapters in Edited Books
- Arifianto, Alexander R. “Unpacking the Results of the 2014 Indonesian Legislative Elections,” in Ulla Fionna (ed.). ISEAS Perspective: Watching the Indonesian Elections 2014, (Singapore: ISEAS Publishing, 2015), pp. 62-74.
- Arifianto, Alexander R. “Indonesian Islamic Parties after the 2014 Elections: Divided and Self-Centered,” in Ulla Fionna (ed.). ISEAS Perspective: Watching the Indonesian Elections 2014, (Singapore: ISEAS Publishing, 2015), pp. 123-136.
- Arifianto, Alexander R., Ulla Fionna, and Gwenael Njoto-Feillard. “A Snapshot of the Campaigning in Indonesia’s 2014 Legislative Elections,” in Ulla Fionna (ed.). ISEAS Perspective: Watching the Indonesian Elections 2014, (Singapore: ISEAS Publishing, 2015), pp. 54-61.
- Sambodo, Maxensius Tri and Alexander R. Arifianto. “Analyzing the Economic Platforms in the Indonesian Presidential Election,” in Ulla Fionna (ed.). ISEAS Perspective: Watching the Indonesian Elections 2014, (Singapore: ISEAS Publishing, 2015), pp. 114-122.
- Sumarto, Sudarno, Asep Suryahadi, and Alexander R. Arifianto, “Governance and Poverty Reduction: Evidence from Newly Decentralized Indonesia.” in Yasutami Shimomura (ed.), The Role of Governance in Asia, (Singapore: ISEAS Publishing, 2003), pp. 27-64.
- “Jokowi wins second term as Indonesian president, but the Islamist challenge remains”, ASPI, The Strategist, 22 May 2019
- “Is Islam an increasingly polarizing political cleavage in Indonesia? What the recent election shows”, Brookings Institute (Order from Chaos), 25 April 2019
- Alexander R. Arifianto. “What Explains Rising Islamism in Indonesia?” IAPS Dialogue, Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. Available at: https://iapsdialogue.org/2017/08/01/what-explains-rising-islamism-in-indonesia/ (1 August 2018).
Last updated on 29/01/2021