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xix PREFACE This book is the latest to appear in a long and distinguished lineage. The Australian National University’s Indonesia Update began in 1983, when the late Jamie Mackie and Peter McCawley conceived and implemented the idea of an annual public conference in Canberra to assess conditions in Indonesia. From the beginning it was understood as an alliance between economic and political analysts, with numerous other disciplines playing appropriate roles. As the format congealed the conference was held annually on a weekend in late September, and began with two surveys of the past year – one economic and the other political. The remaining papers were clustered around a theme of particular topical importance. With Hal Hill playing a lead role through the ANU’s Indonesia Project , which he headed for many years, the Update books have been published regularly since 1989. They now constitute a kind of record of an evolving nation. The two survey papers were initially published in the Update books, but since 2005 they have been published quickly in the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, while the papers clustered around the theme of each year’s conference became the basis of a substantial book published in the following year. This book is the 23rd publication in the Indonesia Update series, and it emanates from the 29th conference. Greg Fealy (politics) and Chris Manning and Raden Purnagunawan (economics) provided the two overviews, which were published in the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies of November 2011. The theme of the Update, held on 30 September and 1 October 2011, was ‘Indonesia’s place in the world’. After a series of volumes naturally focusing on Indonesia’s difficult transition to a democratic and decentralized format, it was felt to be time to look at the country’s international stance and standing. Admission to the G20 group of nations was one factor making this timely; the pressures of globalization on every country were another. The concept of ‘Indonesia’s rise’ emerged at Don Emmerson ’s suggestion in the planning process as the title for one panel of the conference, very much in quotes. One paper after another, however, xx  Indonesia Rising: The Repositioning of Asia’s Third Giant grappled in some way with the international perception that this might at last be Indonesia’s moment, unlikely as it seemed to oft-disappointed specialists. The book has therefore cohered around this issue. There is much to be said both for and against it, and the book aims to provide a reliable guide to those arguments. Thanks are due in many quarters. Firstly I acknowledge Michael O’Shannassy, who shared the burden of organizing the Update conference until called to a position in Bangkok. Dewi Fortuna Anwar made a splendid contribution to the conference, though regrettably the intense demands on her time prevented the completion of a paper within the tight deadlines of this book. Budy Resosudarmo, who took over the leadership of the Indonesia Project in 2011, has been a constant source of guidance and support, as was his predecessor Chris Manning. In organizing the Update, the well-practised Indonesia Project team of Cathy Haberle and Nurkemala Muliani made things very easy for the nominal convenors, and coped smoothly with the large flow of people on the day. Liz Drysdale, Allison Ley, Thu Thuy Pham and Daniel Suryadarma were also unfailingly helpful. The funding of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), as well as the support of the ANU, were essential for the realization of both the Update and this book. I owe a great debt in both constructing the Update conference and preparing this book for publication to my wonderful colleagues at the ANU. The economists and political scientists were generous with their time and patience in guiding a mere historian. I thank in particular Ross McLeod, Hal Hill, Chris Manning, Peter McCawley, Ed Aspinall, Greg Fealy, Marcus Mietzner, and again always Budy, for their help. Finally, I would like to thank all those who assisted with the production of the book: Rahilah Yusuf and her team at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies; Angela Grant, who produced the index; and Beth Thomson, who managed the copy editing, formatting and myriad problems of presenting tables and graphs with her usual skill and professionalism . Anthony Reid Canberra, March 2012 ...


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