January 29, 2007

WINNING THE WoT:

Progress is Impressive in Indonesia (Ian Bremmer, 1/29/07, Real Clear Politics)

Amid all the fears in the United States and Europe that direct elections in the Muslim world breed only political radicalism and an anti-Western agenda, recent developments in Indonesia have gone virtually unnoticed.

Over the last decade, Indonesia has endured the unexpected implosion of former President Suharto's 31-year authoritarian rule, the Asian financial crisis, ethnic and religious violence, the loss of East Timor, separatist movements, terrorist attacks, a tsunami that killed 168,000 of its people, and a volcano last September that left thousands homeless as it buried villages in rivers of mud. But a visit to the country today reveals plenty for both Indonesians and foreigners to celebrate as the country's first directly elected president makes steady progress toward political and economic reform.

Since his inauguration in October 2004, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has brought real stability to Indonesia. That's no mean accomplishment in a nation comprised of thousands of islands scattered across the Pacific, home to more than 300 local languages and a diverse range of ethnic groups. This stability is transforming the archipelago into a promising long-term investment bet.


Knitting Indonesia into the Axis of Good has been nearly as great an achievement for this administration as forging a special relationship with India.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 29, 2007 8:47 AM
Comments

Making an Anglo-American-Asian Alliance very powerful both politically and economically.

Posted by: Bartman at January 29, 2007 12:39 PM

Wolfowitz served as ambassador there before going to SAIS and then the Pentagon.

Posted by: JAB at January 29, 2007 10:27 PM
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