Papua’s Insecurity: State Failure in the Indonesian Periphery

by Bobby Anderson Policy Studies, No. 73 Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center Publication Date: 2015 ISBN: 978-0-86638-264-9 (print); 978-0-86638-265-6 (electronic) Binding: paper Pages: xvi, 74 Free Download: PDF Summary West Papua is the most violent area of Indonesia. Indonesian security forces battle the country’s last active separatist insurgency there. The majority of Indonesia’s political prisoners are Papuans, and support for independence […]

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Papua is Held Hostage by Global Capitalists

The case of Freeport is a clear illustration of Papua and the Indonesian government being held hostage by global capitalists. Papua, formerly known as Dutch New Guinea, is the western half of New Guinea, an island in the Pacific. For decades, Papua has been a region associated with conflict and has rarely received international press coverage. There have been many civilian casualties resulting […]

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Suharto: A Declassified Documentary Obit

Washington, DC, January 28, 2008 – As Indonesia buries the ex-dictator Suharto, who died Sunday at the age of 86, the National Security Archive today posted a selection of declassified U.S. documents detailing his record of repression and corruption, and the long-standing U.S. support for his regime. The documents include transcripts of meetings with Presidents Richard M. Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald […]

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Can Jokowi Bring Peace to West Papua?

The Indonesian president is rolling out new initiatives, hoping for a breakthrough in a troubled region. Separatist resistance persists in Indonesia’s West Papua region, as attempts to internationalize the dispute by the Free Papua Movement (Organisasi Papua Merdeka – OPM) make it necessary for Jakarta to devise new policy options to address the decades-old conflict. OPM has been waging a […]

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