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1965 and the Indonesian Coup: Fifty Years On

Thursday 17th September 2015 9:00am AEDT

1965 and the Indonesian Coup: Fifty Years On

Australian Institute of International Affairs | Australian National University

                              Law Theatre Building 5, Fellows Road, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 9.00am-5.00pm

In October 1965 an abortive coup took place in Jakarta, involving the murder of six army generals. Suppressed by General Suharto and portrayed as a communist grab for power, these events triggered a dramatic transformation of Indonesia’s politics and Southeast Asia’s strategic configuration. The Indonesian Communist Party was destroyed, a developmentalist military government came to power and Indonesia aligned internationally with the West.

To mark the 50th year since the abortive coup, the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA), the Australian National University (ANU) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will bring together key witnesses, journalists and academics from Indonesia and Australia to review these events and the contradictory versions of them. This one-day conference will look at the current state of knowledge, antecedents and consequences as well as what would have happened if the coup had succeeded.

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • The Hon. Gareth Evans, Former Foreign Minister, Chancellor of ANU
  • Aristides Katoppo, Former Editor Sinar Harapan
  • Baskara T. Wardaya, Sanata Dharma University
  • Robert Cribb, ANU
  • Howard Dick, ANU
  • David Reeve, UNSW
  • Greg Fealy, ANU
  • Nick Turner, Frank Palmos and Tim Bowden, Journalists
  • Geoffrey Miller, DFAT, ONA, (Ret’d)
  • And many more distinguished speakers…

This event is free and open to the public but bookings are required as seating is limited.

Public Enquiries

Chris Farnham | chris.farnham@internationalaffairs.org.au
National Operations Manager



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The Australian National University, 117 Garran Road, Acton ACT 2601, Australia (View Map)

Date / Time
Thursday 17th September 2015 9:00am AEDT

AIIA National Office

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Friday 10th July 2015 9:00am AEDT

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Thursday 17th September 2015 8:59am AEDT

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