In episode eleven of “Global,” our hosts explore Indonesia. Indonesia is the third largest democracy in the world, the largest economy in Southeast Asia and is home to some of the world’s richest biodiversity. Yet, Indonesia also has a dark history of political violence. 

What is the history of this island nation?  What caused the mass killings of 1965–1966? How did the May 1998 riots unfold? And, what makes this island nation so unique? Find out the answers to these questions and more by listening to the eleventh episode of “Global.”


This episode features Edward Aspinall of the Australian National University, Philips Vermonte of CSIS Indonesia and IRI’s own Rhonda Mays, Deputy Director for Asia. Download and listen today! 


Edward Aspinall

Australian National University


Philips Vermonte

CSIS Indonesia


Rhonda Mays

IRI Deputy Director for Asia

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