Power Politics and the Indonesian Military

The Indonesia Programme announces a seminar with Dr Damien Kingsbury, Senior Lecturer in International Development Studies at School of Social & International Studies, Deakin University, Australia and Liem Soei Liong, TAPOL, The Indonesian Human Rights Campaign

Time: Friday 5 November 13.00-16.00
Venue: the seminar room at NCHR (seminarrommet, 4. etg.)
Subject: Power Politics and the Indonesian Military

The Indonesian military (TNI) has played an active role in national politics since the proclamation of the state in 1945, and especially following the development of its defence and civilian 'dual function' initiated in 1958. With the fall of Suharto from power, the TNI has had to re-assess its political position. Despite no longer having a legislative presence, since 2000 the TNI has been re-emerging as a more cohesive and influential organisation than at any time since the mid-1980s. The TNI again dominates state policy on defence and security issues, including how to address separatist claims and communal conflict, a situation that is unlikely to change under the new president, retired Lt. General Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Dr Damien Kingsbury is Senior Lecturer in International Development Studies at School of Social & International Studies, Deakin University, Australia. Kingsbury has also been teaching and supervising PhD students and military officers at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra.

Dr Kingsbury has written and edited or co-edited a number of books on Indonesia, including Power Politics and the Indonesian Military (RoutledgeCurzon, London, 2003), Autonomy and Disintegration in Indonesia (co-edited with Harry Aveling), (RoutledgeCurzon, London, 2002) and The Politics of Indonesia, 2nd edition (2002, Oxford) (a new and updated 3rd edition is currently in press).

Liem Soei Liong is an Indonesian born veteran human rights campaigner and Director of the UK based organisation TAPOL, The Indonesian Human Rights Campaign. He has written extensively on the topic of human rights in Indonesia. Among his publications are The War against East Timor (1984) and West Papua: The Obliteration of a People (1988) with Carmel Budiardjo, and It’s the Military, Stupid! in Freek Colombijn and J. Thomas Lindblad (eds.) Roots of Violence in Indonesia (2002).