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Ominous breaking news coming out of Myanmar

By Romain Caillaud, principal of the consulting firm SIPA Partners and a researcher associated with the Singaporean think tank ISEAS. Ominous breaking news coming out of Myanmar: Ten years

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Democracy, Indonesian Military and 2019 Elections – Dr. Yohanes Sulaiman

Indonesia (military)

Dr. Yohanes Sulaiman, Senior Lecturer au Department of International Relations à l’Universitas Jenderal Achmad Yani in Cimahi, Indonesia.
Note d’actualité de l’Observatoire de l’Asie du Sud-Est, cycle 2019-2020, Juin 2019

Is there a growing militarization of Indonesian democracy? This article argues that at this point, the military as an organization does not willingly and independently interfere in civilian affairs. Rather, the military’s involvement should be put in its context, notably the weaknesses of successive civilian governments, especially Joko Widodo administration, that forces it to ask for the military for support; personal ambition of General Gatot Nurmantyo, the Chief of the Military, who was using the military as a tool for promoting himself for the Presidential Election of 2019; and the institutional weaknesses of the military itself, that created the condition for the involvement of the military in political affairs.

  • Introduction
  • The Weaknesses of Civilian Government
  • General Gatot Nurmantyo’s Ambition
  • Military’s Internal Weaknesses
  • Conclusion