UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP: A STUDY OF THE COMPOSITION, BEHAVIOUR AND INTERACTIONS OF CULTURAL RELIGIOUSAND POLITICAL ELITES IN DEMOCRATIC INDONESIA

Grant number: DP1093226 | Funding period: 2010 - 2014

Completed

Abstract

Good communication, mutual understanding and sound working relationships between Indonesian and Australian elites are vital for maintaining fruitful diplomatic relations. Such relations, however, are often impeded by cultural differences and a lack of understanding of informal political processes in Indonesia, all the more so in the current context of tensions between Muslim and Western nations. This study explores religious and other cultural factors that shape aspects of behaviour of Indonesian leaders that puzzle their Australian counterparts. It will shed light on the visions that direct Indonesia's most influential people in their thinking about the future of their nation and its relati..

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