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West Papua and Indonesia Since Suharto: Independence, Autonomy or Chaos?

West Papua and Indonesia Since Suharto: Independence, Autonomy or Chaos?
  

The book places the Papuan struggle in a context of failing reform within Indonesia and a politically reviving military: the feared and loathed TNI. King argues that international intervention to resolve Papua's plight is essential: Australia, the US and other countries must act ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780868406763
Barcode 9780868406763
Published 1 July 2004
Format Paperback, illustrated edition
Author(s) By King, Peter

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ISBN-13 9780868406763
ISBN-10 0868406767
Stock Available
Status Showing available at publisher; usually ships 7-15 working days
Publisher unlisted
Imprint NewSouth Publishing
Publication Date 1 July 2004
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By King, Peter
Category Politics & Government
War Stories
Political Activism
Interest Age All ages
Reading Age All ages
Library of Congress Papua (Indonesia) - History - Autonomy and independence movements., Indonesia - Politics and government - 1966-1998., Papua (Indonesia) - Politics and government - 1963-
NBS Text Politics: General & Reference
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 13mm
Weight 360g
Dewey Code 327.9530598
Catalogue Code 89966

Description of this Book

In the 1950s the Dutch promised the people of West Papua (the western half of New Guinea) self-determination and eventual independence. But in 1963 Indonesia took control of the territory with the blessing of the US, the UN and Australia. In a tragic clash between two very different cultures over the next 40 years the Papuans have refused - just like the East Timorese - to 'bow to the inevitable': Indonesian occupation and assimilation into that country This book reviews the long guerilla struggle of the Organisasi Papua Merdeka (OPM) for a Free Papua, and traces the rise of a non-violent independence movement alongside it, the Papua Council, following the fall from power of Indonesia's military dictator, General Suharto, in 1998. The book is based on the author's extensive field research. It places the Papuan struggle in a context of failing reform within Indonesia and a politically reviving military: the feared and loathed TNI. More than ever, Indonesia needs West Papua's resource treasures - the giant Freeport copper mine, and BP's huge new natural gas field in Bintuni Bay - and the Indonesian army is ruthlessly 'defending' and exploiting these projects. However, the Papuans are equally determined to win independence. King argues passionately and persuasively that international intervention to resolve Papua's plight is essential: Australia, the US and other countries must act in concert through the UN once more, as they did in East Timor. Indonesians must be persuaded that their best interests lie not in a 'security approach' but in dialogue and negotiation with the Papuans and other disenchanted minorities.

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Author's Bio

Peter King is convener of the West Papua Project within University of Sydney's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), of which he was the Foundation President in the late 1980s. In preparing this book, he travelled extensively throughout West Papua and Indonesia. King has held professorial appointments at the University of Papua New Guinea, the University of Wollongong and in Japan at the University of Tokyo and Kagoshima University. He has had a longstanding interest in the politics of ethnic conflict and its resolution, and his previous books include Australia's Vietnam, Ethnicity and Conflict in a Post Communist World and Pangu Returns to Power.

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