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Is Indonesia's democratization a road map for the Arab spring

Carnegie, Paul J. (2014) Is Indonesia's democratization a road map for the Arab spring. Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, 15 (1). pp. 95-105. ISSN 1538-6589

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Over the last three years, the Indonesian model has become an increasingly repeated mantra in media and policy circles. It seems to hold the promise of a road map for the nascent transitions taking place in the Arab world given the obstensible resonance the two situations have with one another. Simply stated, Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country on the planet and in the decade since the downfall of Suharto, it has successfully—if not without difficulty—transitioned from authoritarian rule to functioning democracy. At the same time, initial concerns over Islamist ascendancy have proved largely unfounded. In fact, Indonesia accommodates a diversity of Islamic political expression within the framework of democratic electoral politics which helps to explain the recent interest. In regards to its parallels with the Arab Spring, what lessons can be drawn from Indonesia’s democratic transformation?

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Government, Development and International Affairs
Depositing User: Paul Carnegie
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2016 02:19
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2017 21:14

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