Volume 3 in this three-volume set covers the final days of General Soeharto's New Order regime, the 1997-1998 monetary crisis and the May 1998 nationwide riots that forced his resignation in disgrace. Packed with first-hand accounts and original source material, this book details the continuing turmoil under President's B.J. Habibie, Abdurrahman Wahid and Megawati Sukarnoputri - the violent separation of East Timor; civil war in Maluku; black operations in Papua; the bloody insurgency, tragic tsunami and eventual peace accord in Aceh; the advent of Islamic terrorism - and the election (and re-election) of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, another army general. Subject to widespread criticism for its human rights record, the Indonesian Army has made a long and difficult journey toward significant reforms. Now, more than fifteen years after the collapse of Soeharto's New Order regime, there is reason for optimism a new generation of military leaders will complete the internal reform process and the Army's transformation after more than six decades from an ill-disciplined revolutionary people's army into a more modern and professional force.
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About the Author
Colonel Joseph H. Daves was U.S. Defense and Army Attaché to Indonesia from November 1998 to June 2003. He arrived in Jakarta six months after President Soeharto's resignation and served as the senior U.S. military representative in Indonesia during the turbulent Reformasi Era, including the August 1999 East Timor consultation, the ensuing "scorched earth" campaign by Indonesian security forces, the nearly four-year sectarian civil war in Maluku, August 2002 ambush deaths of American citizens in Papua, the October 12, 2002 terrorist bombings in Bali, and the bloody separatist insurgency in Aceh. As principal advisor to the American Ambassador and Country Team, Colonel Daves was actively engaged with Indonesia's top military and civilian leaders and travelled extensively throughout the archipelago.