Indonesia: Domestic Politics, Strategic Dynamics, and American Interests [Updated June 20, 2007]   [open pdf - 306KB]

From the Summary: "Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous country and the most populous Muslim nation. It is also a moderate Muslim state which is strategically positioned astride key sea lanes which link East Asia with the energy resources of the Middle East. Indonesia is also seen by many as a valuable partner in the war against radical Islamist militants in Southeast Asia. Jakarta is continuing to democratize and develop its civil society and rule of law under the leadership of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who many view as effective and reform minded. However, a legacy of abuse of human rights by the military which stems from the era of former President Suharto remains unresolved. […] The report seeks to provide a broader context for understanding the complex interrelated nature of many of these issues, several of which are explored in greater detail in other CRS reports. For additional information on Indonesia see the following Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports: CRS [Congressional Research Service] Report RL33260, 'Papua, Indonesia: Issues for Congress', by Bruce Vaughn; CRS Report RS22136, 'East Timor Potential Issues for Congress', by Rhoda Margesson and Bruce Vaughn; CRS Report RS20572, 'Indonesian Separatist Movement in Aceh', by Larry Niksch; CRS Report RS21753, 'Indonesia-U.S. Economic Relations', by Wayne Morrison; and CRS Report RL31672, 'Terrorism in Southeast Asia', by Bruce Vaughn (coordinator), Emma Chanlett-Avery, Richard Cronin, Mark Manyin, and Larry Niksch. This report will be updated."

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