Cover

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pp. 1-1

Frontmatter

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pp. 2-3

CONTENTS

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pp. iii-5

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1 Introduction

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pp. 1-3

Indonesia is Singapore’s largest neighbour and is critically important to Singapore. This may seem a trite point to make, but it is nevertheless worth making, especially if we take a wider focus look at Asia, which is being increasingly...

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2 A Short Political History

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pp. 4-8

Let me now turn from the future to the present and past. Where does Indonesia stand today politically? Looking back over the last five years, what sheds some light on the next five years? For the sake of time, let me give you a very brief overview of some major post- Soeharto accomplishments...

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3 The Economy

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pp. 9-24

One of things most remarkable about Indonesian politics in recent years is the relatively short shrift which gets paid to the economy by many politicians. I often am reminded of the Bill Clinton 1992 campaign slogan: “It’s the economy...

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4 Election Campaign 2004

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pp. 25-29

Where is a change of leadership likely to come from? Indonesia will have at least three elections in 2004, maybe more, and that’s the place to look. There will be parliamentary elections in April combined with elections for the new regional...

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5 Conclusion

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pp. 30-31

If I have offered a somewhat sober picture today, it is because I think Indonesia is amidst a very difficult transition, the outcome of which is genuinely uncertain. But I would not want to leave a message of pessimism either. Indonesia...