Author: Blair A. King
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Council Special Report No. 14
For four decades Papuans have struggled, sometimes violently, over their integration into Indonesia.
Yet recent events in Indonesia have created an opportunity to make progress on resolving the conflict. Following up on the Center for Preventive Action’s 2003 report Peace and Progress in Papua, this Council Special Report, Peace in Papua: Widening a Window of Opportunity, urges the Indonesia Government to follow through with its commitments to achieve a comprehensive solution to the conflict in Papua by engaging with legitimate representatives of Papuan society, fully implementing special autonomy, improving local governance, and reforming security arrangements. The United States, the European Union, Japan, Australia, and ASEAN member states can encourage Jakarta with quiet diplomacy. They also should provide a technical and financial assistance package to provide professional training, natural resource management, public sector reform, and civil society development.
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Blair A. King is senior program manager for Asia at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Washington, DC. He oversees democracy promotion programs in Bangladesh, Burma, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Nepal. Dr. King has authored articles, book reviews, and columns in academic journals, magazines, and newspapers, including Contemporary Southeast Asia, Journal of Asian Business, InsideIndonesia, Asian Wall Street Journal, Tempo, and Kompas. He is a regular guest lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State. In 1999 and 2000, Dr. King managed NDI’s long-term election monitoring and civil-military relations programs in Indonesia. He has lived in Indonesia for a total of seven years and is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia. He received a BA in international relations and an MA in international policy studies from Stanford University, and a PhD in political science from Ohio State University.