Sultans, Spices, and Tsunamis: The Incredible Story of the World's Largest Archipelago
Indonesia broke off relations with China in 1967 and resumed them only in 1990. Rizal Sukma asks why. His answers shed light on Indonesia's foreign policy, the nature of the New Order's domestic politics, the mixed functions of diplomatic ties, the legitimacy of the new regime, and the role of President Suharto. Rizal Sukma argues that the matter of Indonesia restoring diplomatic ties with China is best understood in terms of the efforts made by the military-based New Order government to sustain its political legitimacy. The analysis in this book proves that an absence as well as a presence of diplomatic relations may advance not only the external but the domestic interests of an incumbent government. This is the first major study on Indonesia and China's diplomatic relations under the New Order government. It will be illuminating for research students and lecturers in international politics, international relations, policy making and diplomacy
The resignation of President Soeharto in 1998 opened a new era in Indonesia. The time to reform the Indonesian political system, to protect human rights and press freedom, and to eliminate systematic and systemic corruption, had arrived. This book traces the process of major law reforms which took place in Indonesia during the Habibie era, from May 1998 to October 1999, arguably as a critical period in the history of Indonesia's moves toward becoming a democratic country. The book also provides a final chapter on 12 years of Indonesian transition and examines the new structure of Indonesian state after the Amendments to the 1945 Constitution in 2002-2004, and the issue of national security and the rule of law after 9/11 and Bali bombing in 2002. TABLE OF CONTENTS Acknowledgement Part I: Foundation Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Explaining Law Reform Chapter 3: Indonesia: From Crisis to Law Reform Part II: Case Studies Chapter 4: Political Laws Chapter 5: Human Rights and Press Freedom Chapter 6: Anti-Corruption Legislation Part III: Conclusion and Reflection Chapter 7: Conclusion Chapter 8: Reflections: 12 Years after Soeharto Bibliography About the Author(s)/Editor(s) Dr Nadirsyah Hosen is Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong (NSW, Australia) where he teaches Foundations of Law, Constitutional Law, Islamic law and Contemporary Issues in Southeast Asian law. Nadir has a Bachelors degree (UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta), a Graduate Diploma in Islamic Studies, and Master of Arts with Honours (University of New England), as well as a Master of Laws in Comparative Law (Northern Territory University). He completed his first PhD (Law) at the University of Wollongong and a second PhD (Islamic Law) at the National University of Singapore. He then worked for two years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at TC. Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, where he conducted research and taught 'comparative anti-terrorism law and policy' for LLM program. He is the author of Shari'a and Constitutional Reform in Indonesia (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2007), a co-editor (with Joseph Liow) of Islam in Southeast Asia, 4 volumes, (Routledge, London, 2009), and a co-editor (with Richard Mohr) of Law and Religion in Public Life: The Contemporary Debate (Routledge, London, forthcoming).