October 21: Bernd Schaefer and Baskara T. Wardaya: Indonesia and the World, 1965-66

Pro-communist coup, military counter-coup, and subsequent mass killings in Indonesia in 1965/66 represent one of the major dramas of the Cold War. The powerful domestic impact of those events continues to haunt Indonesia until today, while the role of foreign actors remains largely hidden. Basing their talk on the first international academic conference held on this subject on Indonesian territory (in 2011), Bernd Schaefer and Baskara T. Wardaya, S.J.,  introduced their edited book, Indonesia and the World, 1965-66, discussed international omplicities, and addressed the current state of debate.

Bernd Schaefer is a Senior Research Scholar with the Cold War International History Project at the Wilson Center and a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University. He has published and edited books and articles on the role of communist states in Eastern Europe and East Asia during the Cold War.

Baskara T. Wardaya, S.J. is a Professor of History at Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He was the director of the university’s PUSdEP (Center for History and Political Ethics), from 2004 to 2011. His publications include Cold War Shadow: United States Policy toward Indonesia 1953-1963 (2007); and Truth Will Out: Indonesian Accounts of the 1965 Mass Violence (2013).

The Report from the Field was delivered by Thomas Borgwardt of the U.S. Army Center of Military History.

A webcast of the seminar will be available here in a few weeks.