The Indonesian-Malaysian Conflict and Internal Indonesian Politics

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international relations, Indonesia, Malaysia, politics, foreign policy, international conflict


Asian History | International and Area Studies | International Relations | Political History | Political Science | South and Southeast Asian Languages and Societies


Indonesia's confrontation of Malaysia has been illogically planned and artlessly executed; the basis for dispute is hardly worth the extreme economic consequences that have accompanied it. Yet, like all international disputes, this one has roots which extend far deeper than the reasons given by either country for its continuance. This paper, after studying closely the manifestations of the conflict, suggests that destroying Malaysia was never more than a secondary goal for the elements which have constituted the Indonesian power structure. A more important consideration has been the maintenance of the status quo in the political system.

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