Academic journal article Military Review

THE MILITARY AND DEMOCRACY IN INDONESIA: Challenges, Politics and Power

Academic journal article Military Review

THE MILITARY AND DEMOCRACY IN INDONESIA: Challenges, Politics and Power

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THE MILITARY AND DEMOCRACY IN INDONESIA: Challenges, Politics and Power, Angel Rabasa and John Haseman, RAND, Santa Monica, CA, 2002, 157 pages, $20.00.

American security interests in Indonesia include developing a cooperative partner in prosecuting the Global War on Terrorism and maintaining a stable government capable of preventing internal unrest from threatening adjacent maritime chokepoints that link the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Previously, Indonesian armed forces (TNI) helped perpetuate stability under the autocratic government of Suharto; however, post-Suharto democratic reforms seek to phase out the TNI's formal political role.

Drawing on personal experience in the region and a series of interviews with senior TNI leaders, RAND analyst Angel Rabasa and former U.S. Defense Attache Colonel John Haseman provide a concise primer on the TNI and what the United States might expect in the near future. Their briefing-style report, current through mid-2002, begins with a brief overview of TNI's history and addresses the emergence of democratic government and how it is reshaping "the most important and powerful institution in Indonesian society."

Although Rabassa and Haseman note a fundamental doctrinal shift from internal security to external defense, they do not discuss Indonesia's external threats beyond international terrorist groups. …

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