Civil-Military Relations in Indonesia

Lessons for Pakistan on Parliamentary Oversight of the Defence Sector

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Publication No: CMR-028

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Democratic and Parliamentary control and oversight of the defence sector is an internationally accepted principle. This control is especially considered crucial in countries which have had military rule and are in the process of transition towards democratic consolidation. Much like Pakistan, Indonesia has had a long stint with the military rule. Recently a Pakistani delegation comprising members of Parliament of Pakistan and Dialogue Group on Civil-Military Relations visited Indonesia on a Study Visit of Indonesian Civil-Military Relations. This paper Civil-Military Relations in Indonesia: Lessons for Pakistan on Parliamentary Oversight of the Defence Sector is authored by Mr. Javed Jabbar, renowned intellectual and former Senator and Federal Minister, who was part of the study visit, to answer questions about how similar or dis-similar are the civil-military relations in Indonesia and Pakistan and what, if any, lessons can be drawn from the Indonesian case for a system of Parliamentary oversight of the defence sector in Pakistan.

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