Edward Aspinall

My interest in the study of politics, especially Southeast Asian politics, began when I lived in Malang, East Java, as a teenager. After studying Indonesian language and politics at high school and university, I completed my PhD in the Department of Political and Social Change in 2000 on the topic of opposition movements and democratisation in Indonesia. After that, I worked on a range of topics related to Indonesian democratisation and civil society, and especially concerning the separatist conflict in Aceh. My current research interests include ongoing research on Indonesian national politics and democratisation, as well as a comparative project on peace processes in the Asia-Pacific. I am also starting systematic research on the role of ethnicity in everyday politics in Indonesia. I teach on ethnic conflict and internal security in Asia.

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Soeharto's New Order and Its Legacy »

Essays in honour of Harold Crouch

Indonesia’s President Soeharto led one of the most durable and effective authoritarian regimes of the second half of the twentieth century. Yet his rule ended in ignominy, and much of the turbulence and corruption of the subsequent years was blamed on his legacy. More than a decade after Soeharto’s resignation, Indonesia is a consolidating democracy and the time has come to reconsider the place of his regime in modern Indonesian history, and its lasting impact. This book begins this task by bringing together a collection of leading experts on Indonesia to examine Soeharto and his legacy from diverse perspectives. In presenting their analyses, these authors pay tribute to Harold Crouch, an Australian political scientist who remains one of the greatest chroniclers of the Soeharto regime and its aftermath.