Stirring from Beyond the Borders? American Military Assistance and Defense Reform in Indonesia
Southeast Asia Observatory Study, Asia Centre, Paris, July 2011
17 Pages Posted: 12 May 2012 Last revised: 18 May 2012
Date Written: July 1, 2011
This paper seeks to assess and consider the security component of the new security re-engagement between the United States and Indonesia, especially those pertaining to military assistance to the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI). Specifically, it seeks to address two broad questions: (1) why the US chose to engage the TNI using military assistance they way they have in recent years, and (2) given the context of Indonesia’s ongoing defense reform process, whether US military assistance would assist the process and how. In addressing these questions, this paper will review US military assistance programs in general and to Indonesia in particular. It will also assess the trends and challenges facing US military assistance in terms of instilling democratic civil-military relations and improving Indonesia’s defense reform.
Keywords: Military Assistance, Defense Reform, US-Indonesia Relations
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