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November 21, 1950
Central Files Decimal Number 762B.00

Sukarno and the Army-PKI Rivalry in the Years of Living Dangerously, 1960-1963

Summary

This collection comprises correspondence, studies and reports, cables, maps, and other kinds of documents related to U.S. diplomatic activities involving Sukarno's involvement in politics and foreign policy.  

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Date Range: 1960-1963
Content: 20,000 pages
Source Library: US National Archives

Description

During the “Years of Living Dangerously”, Sukarno played a delicate balancing act, drawing the armed forces and PKI into an uneasy coalition and playing them off against each other while largely excluding Islamic forces from the central political arena. Two other features of his political strategy were an aggressive foreign policy and demagogic appeals to the masses. A flamboyant speaker, Sukarno spun out slogans and catchwords that became the nebulous basis of a national ideology. Indonesia's ailing economy grew worse as Sukarno ignored the recommendations of technocrats and foreign aid donors, eyed overseas expansion, and built expensive public monuments and government buildings at home.  This collection comprises correspondence, studies and reports, cables, maps, and other kinds of documents related to U.S. diplomatic activities.

 

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