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Behind Indonesia’s power struggles

  • Endy M. Bayuni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 22 2012   /  10:30 am

Jusuf Wanandi is not exactly a major player in Indonesia’s modern politics.

Nevertheless, the founding member of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has been close enough to the powers that be to understand the complexities of Indonesian politics going back to the mid-1960s. Now, he tells his story in this long overdue book, Shades of Grey: A Political Memoir of Modern Indonesia 1965-1998.

Jusuf enjoyed much more than a ringside view of this history. He had a free pass to the dressing room to listen to what was being said inside and, once or twice, to give his own pieces of advice. Not enough lot to make him a major player, but enough to give him the authority to comment on various events that shaped Indonesian history.

If the key players were former presidents Sukarno and Soeharto, Jusuf knew the two men just as well as many others who work...