ST Deep Dive: Indonesian brass in ‘Cold War’, US Coast Guard in Asia

Here's a round-up of recent commentaries and more by think-tanks in the region and elsewhere that could be of interest to those who watch Asia.

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A personal spat between two four-star generals spilling into the open has raised questions about military professionalism and elite politics in Indonesia, says Mr Made Supriatma in a commentary for the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, where he is a visiting fellow in the Indonesian Studies Programme.

At a recent parliamentary hearing, MP Effendi Simbolon from the dominant Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) complained about the absence of the army chief of staff, General Dudung Abdurachman, and asked General Andika Perkasa, commander of the armed forces, why this was so.

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