Life After Noordin: What Next for Indonesia?
The 17 July bombings in Jakarta led to the capture or killing of 22 members of the jihadi splinter group led by Noordin Top, including Noordin himself. It also led to renewed pressure for a stronger counter-terrorism agency in which the military would have a role and for a strengthened anti-terrorism law. At the same time, a major corruption scandal in Jakarta has sent public regard for the police plummeting to what may be an all-time low, in a way that could affect counter-terrorism efforts. The speaker will discuss the nature of the risk of violent extremism that Indonesia continues to face after Noordin's death and the challenges the government will face in addressing this during President Yudhoyono's second term.
Sidney Jones is senior adviser to the Asia programme of the International Crisis Group, based in Crisis Group's South East Asia office in Jakarta. Before joining Crisis Group in 2002, she worked for the Ford Foundation in Jakarta and New York (1977-84); Amnesty International in London as the Indonesia-Philippines researcher (1985-88); and Human Rights Watch in New York as the Asia director (1989-2001).
To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.