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ASIA FORUM: “The Eisenhower Administration and Indonesia” with Dr. Richard Mason
September 18, 2013 - 10:00-11:30
The Cold War initially focused on Europe but it promptly spread to encompass the entire globe. By the early 1950s, the Cold War belligerents began to compete bitterly for the allegiances of the newly independent states. Many of the newly independent states, however, had from the outset, decided not to take side in the Cold War, preferring to follow a policy of non-alignment. Indonesia is one example of such a state.
This seminar will discuss the policies of the Eisenhower administration toward Indonesia during the first cabinet of Ali Sastroamijojo, 1953-1955. Despite their profession to non-alignment, all the Indonesian cabinets before the advent of the Ali cabinet had leaned toward the West. Ali was determined to restore the policy of ‘non-bloc’ and non-alignment in the Cold War. Adding to the United States’ concerns, the tenure of the Ali cabinet coincided with the Sino-Soviet ‘peace offensive’ toward the non-aligned and neutral states. An examination of the interplay between the United States’ policy of containing communism and Indonesia’s policy of non-alignment in the Cold War would serve to illuminate upon the dynamics and the intricate nature of the Cold War in Southeast Asia during the 1950s.
Location: ISDP, Västra Finnbodavägen 2, Stockholm-Nacka (See: http://www.isdp.eu/)
To attend, RSVP by September 17, 2013 to Mr. Andreas Mälarstedt at [email protected]