1st Edition

Military Politics and Democratization in Indonesia

By Jun Honna Copyright 2003
    316 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    The military have had a key role to play in Indonesia's recent history and may well have a decisive role to play in her future. This book examines the role of the military in the downfall of Suharto and their ongoing influence on the succeeding governments of B.J. Habibie and Abdurrahman Wahid. The author also explores such key features as human rights, reconciliation, civic-military discourse and ongoing security dilemmas. The book is unique in providing the best overview of the role of the military in the world's fourth most populous nation.

    1. Introduction
    2. Eroding Dwifungsi Political Power and Democratic Movement in the Late New Order Period
    3. Reinventing Legitimacy: Doctrinal Adaptation in the Changing Society
    4. Security Approach and Human Rights
    5. Creating New Threats: Ideological Dogmatization
    6. Contesting 'Inner' Thoughts in Civil-Military Discourse
    7. The Post-Soeharto: Politics and Theatre of Military Reform
    8. Conclusions


    Jun Honna is Assistant Professor in the College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University, Japan.

    Praise for the hardback edition:

    ‘A well researched and significant book covering a critical period in Indonesian history.’ - Political Studies Review

    ‘Jun Honna’s book is a model of detailed research, judicious analysis, and clear prose […] this book is a major contribution to our understanding of the Indonesian military and transitions from authoritarian rule more generally.’

    – Douglas Kammen, Indonesia

    ‘Jun Honna’s long-awaited book […] offers sobering material for reflection. […] Honna has attempted to reconstruct a difficult period in Indonesian history, and his book deserves a broad reading.’

    - Robert W. Hefner, The Journal of Asian Studies