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The Indonesia Model?

March 04, 2011

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Supporters of radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir shout slogans outside the South Jakarta court as Bakar Bashir stands trial February 14, 2011.
Supporters of radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir shout slogans outside the South Jakarta court as Bakar Bashir stands trial February 14, 2011. (Beawiharta Beawiharta/Courtesy Reuters)

The debate over the best models of democratization for the countries in the Middle East continues, with many people advocating that nations like Egypt and Tunisia should look to Indonesia for examples. And, in some ways, Indonesia has been a major success story since the collapse of dictator Suharto in the late 1990s. But Indonesia still confronts massive problems, which I outline in a new piece in the London Review of Books.

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