Stirring from Beyond the Borders? American Military Assistance and Defense Reform in Indonesia

Southeast Asia Observatory Study, Asia Centre, Paris, July 2011

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Evan A. Laksmana

Centre for Strategic and International Studies

Date Written: July 1, 2011

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Laksmana, Evan A., Stirring from Beyond the Borders? American Military Assistance and Defense Reform in Indonesia (July 1, 2011). Southeast Asia Observatory Study, Asia Centre, Paris, July 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2056713 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2056713

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