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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Papua: What Went Wrong

WRONG: Indonesia has no legitimate claim on Papua Since Indonesia declared its independence on 17 August 1945, Papua has always been an integral part of Indonesia. The territorial claim of Indonesia has been very clear, that the territory of Indonesia would comprise the whole territory of the Netherland East Indies.[1] This claim was also supported in numerous agreements and statements […]

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