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Insight: Is Indonesia heading toward a ‘militarized democracy’?

  • Evan A. Laksmana

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 21 2019   /  12:44 am

The Indonesian Military (TNI) has come under heavy fire in recent months for its proposal to expand its force structure and assign more officers to civilian agencies and ministries. The proposal is meant to address the growing promotional logjams within the officer corps, which has left hundreds of officers without billets. Civil society groups charge that the TNI seems bent on resurrecting the now-defunct dwi fungsi (dual function) doctrine that allowed the military to have both socio-political and security roles. Scholars also wonder whether the proposal reflects the “growing militarization of Indonesian democracy”. But the logjams are not some poorly constructed excuse to resurrect the New Order. The organizational problems are real and they require immediate solutions. The TNI claims that at the moment, 150 general-rank officers and 500 colonels are without jobs commensurate to t...