ABSTRACT

Conflict is as much a part of day-to-day politics in Indonesia as in any other country. Although this conflict is often obscured by a political discourse that extols harmony and unity, Indonesia’s leaders are engaged in the same political contestation and formation of alliances which is characteristic of political processes generally.And, as in other political systems, Indonesia’s leaders seek to reinforce the gains thus made by appealing for national unity behind particular common objectives. What is worthy of note is the frequency with which Indonesia’s leaders reaffirm the importance of these objectives, a phenomenon which even the casual observer will note.