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The Pulse

The Pulse is a biweekly update on current issues, which also include how Indonesia sees the phenomenon. The Pulse, produced by Synergy Policies, wishes to engage the public, particularly policymakers, advisors, lecturers and students. As of now we have three themes: foreign affairs, social protection, and democracy.


[Published April 22, 2024. No. IV/01/FA/2024] Israel vs. Iran and the responses from the West

Israel continues to show its determination to push world politics into two bleak choices: to take part in supporting Israel to punish Iran, or to bear all (bad) consequences from Israel retaliation to Iran. The United States and the European Union are facing difficult choices.


[Published May 6, 2024. No. IV/02/D/2024] Who is the next opposition in Indonesian politics?

The Constitutional Court dismissed the lawsuit filed by non-front-running presidential candidates accusing fraud in the February 14th, 2024, election. This rejection is inevitably certifying Prabowo Subianto and Gibran Rakabuming Raka as the Indonesian President and Vice President for 2024-2029. Prabowo’s next move is to build a regime that can win the support of the legislature.


[Published May 20, 2024. No. IV/03/SP/2024] What’s Up With Subsidized Employment Social Security (PBI Jamsostek) in Indonesia?

Indonesia promotes universal coverage for social security. For healthcare, it has a subsidized program for the poor, called the PBI program (Penerima Bantuan Iuran) or literally translated as a program for the beneficiary of government subsidy) in its National Healthcare Insurance or the Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional (JKN). Such subsidies for JKN are provided by the state budget and by the provincial or district governments’ budgets. But there is yet such a subsidy for employment social security (Jamsostek) that could protect the needy against work accidents, death, and old-age.

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