New Publication: A Tour of Duty: Changing Patterns of Military Politics in Indonesia in the 1990s by Douglas Kammen and Siddharth Chandra

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Kammen, Douglas and Siddharth Chandra, A Tour of Duty: Changing Patterns of Military Politics in Indonesia in the 1990s,  Jakarta, Indonesia: Equinox Publishing, 2010

This is a study of the internal dynamics of the Indonesian Army in the decade and a half leading up to the fall of Soeharto. While the empirical analysis is limited to the Army, the findings have implications for the military as a whole. Throughout the work, we use the word Army when referring to the single service branch, and the terms “ABRI”, “Armed Forces”, and “military” interchangeably to refer to the four service branches together. While the changing size of the officer corps has presented the Army with certain new opportunities, it has also raised new conflicts and tensions. Primary among these are questions of changing career prospects, alterations in the nature of the military and its ability to continue its direct role in socio-political affairs, and emerging divisions between active and retired officers.