Indonesia has changed markedly in the recent past and has become a more democratic and pluralist country.
The report, authored by Professor Andrew MacIntyre and Dr Douglas E Ramage, urges Australia to understand the new stable landscape of Indonesia. It makes a number of specific policy recommendations including:
• a new approach to engagement with the military
• a geographic shift within the country of our development assistance programs
• a renewed and emphasis on supporting economic growth, poverty reduction and enhancing governance at the national and sub-national levels.
Indonesia in 2008 is a stable, competitive electoral democracy playing a constructive role in the regional and broader international community.