Dwifungsi: The Dual Function of Indonesia’s Military

Published in The Earth Times Magazine (March 2002) There is no issue more pivotal to the future of the terror war in Southeast Asia than the relationship between the U.S. and Indonesia’s generals. Nor is there any relationship fraught with more pitfalls. Under the armed forces’ policy of dwifungsi, the military is responsible for safeguarding […]

Military calls shots after Suharto goes It `is the strongest, most disciplined, most well-organized entity’ in Indonesia (Washington Times)

Washington Times, March 24, 1998 JAKARTA, Indonesia – Cronyism and nepotism may appear to be running Indonesia, but in the political chess game to determine what comes after President Suharto, it is the military that casts the longest shadow. The 450,000-strong force, known by its Indonesian initials ABRI, holds a critical role in Indonesian politics […]