Academic journal article Military Review

Indonesia's Transformation and the Stability of Southeast, Asia

Academic journal article Military Review

Indonesia's Transformation and the Stability of Southeast, Asia

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INDONESIA'S TRANSFORMATION AND THE STABILITY OF SOUTHEASTASIA, Angel M. Rabasa, Peter Chalk, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 2001, 100 pages, $15.00.

Indonesia's Transformation and the Stability of Southeast Asia is a report the RAND Corporation prepared for the U.S. Air Force to assess the rapid changes occurring in Indonesia and to recommend policies to the U.S. Government and the Air Force in response. The book is an excellent introduction to the complex situation that followed the end of the Suharto regime. Although its depth of coverage is rather limited by its length, it includes numerous footnotes and an extensive bibliography, which covers five pages and includes numerous academic papers, periodical articles, and reports from international conferences. Sources come not only from the Western world but also from Indonesia itself. This breadth of coverage improves the quality of Angel Rabasa's and Peter Chalk's summary and provides a valuable source for anyone seeking to further investigate the subject.

The report begins with a succinct summaiy of the situation in Indonesia through 2001 and includes the growing pains of the post-Suharto political system; the conflict and United Nations intervention in East Timor; and the separatist pressures in several provinces. This summary also provides several recommendations that focus on improving the country's stability and regional influence and U. …

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