The Military and Democracy in Indonesia: Challenges, Politics, and Power
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Indonesias future is highly uncertain. The collapse of former president Suhartos authoritarian New Order in 1998 made way for a political process that has led Indonesia on a path toward democracy, a development that is pregnant with possibilities. However, Indonesias fragile democratic experiment is threatened by multiple crises. Despite the uncertainty surrounding Indonesias future, some conditions can be expected to hold for the next several years. The countrys recovering economy will remain fragile and vulnerable to external and internal shocks. Indonesias political process will remain under stress. The role of Islam in politics-which goes back to the fundamental question of the nature of the Indonesian state-will continue to be a sensitive and potentially divisive issue. And the military, despite its formal subordination to civilian authority, will continue to play a key role in national security decisionmaking and will be an important influence on the countrys political evolution.
- Government and Political Science