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Tufts University

Publication Date

Spring 2014

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Indonesia: Arts, Religion, and Social Change


This essay will first focus on the historical legacy of United States foreign policy towards Indonesia, arguing that security exigencies and military-to-military linkages have historically driven the US-Indonesian relationship. I will also briefly explain the current diplomatic consensus of how best to “broaden” the US-Indonesia bilateral relationship. The second section will explain roadblocks towards strengthening the relationship, including strategic, economic and cultural barriers to cultural affinity. The third and final section will use public opinion polling data and collected primary source information in order to make recommendations about how to implement future US-led cultural programs in Indonesia.


Asian Studies | International and Area Studies | International Relations | Policy History, Theory, and Methods | Politics and Social Change


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