Indonesia in 1963

The Year of Wasted Opportunities

by Guy J. Pauker

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Interprets events in Indonesia over the last few monthes and finds that they defy rational explanation. Recently Indonesia has enjoyed political security, the financial support of both the East and West, and the image of a nation moving toward fulfillment of an international role commensurate with her status as fifth largest nation in the world. The “crush Malaysia” policy, so damaging to her frail economy and her national image, is inexplicable except by some far-fetched hypotheses such as (1) that Indonesia objected to procedural aspects of the formation of Malaysia, or (2) that she feels compelled to engage in nation building.

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