The Indonesia Documentation Project yesterday released a wealth of recently declassified documents on Soeharto’s last year in office and the collapse of the New Order regime. As always, these documents are a treasure trove of information, but this release is of particular interest to me because they cover the Asian Financial Crisis, economic reform, the fall of Soeharto, and key personalities in Indonesian politics today like Prabowo Subianto.
Here are my three top highlights.
Prabowo on Politics, and the Military, and Soeharto
This document contains a report of a meeting between Assistant Secretary of State Stanley Roth and Prabowo Subianto, who was then Soeharto’s son-in-law and a rising power in the Indonesian military. He recently ran for president, coming in second, and will run again in 2019. At this meeting, Roth and Prabowo discussed the future of Indonesian politics and the military’s role in it, and Prabowo…
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