June 22, 2000
I agree with Theodore Friend's analysis and recommendations for U.S. policy toward Indonesia [Indonesia: Confronting the Political and Economic Crisis, Spring 2000]. I look forward to reading his forthcoming book.
I was also very impressed by Ambassador Palmer's bringing me up to date on events [From Repression to Reform? Indonesian Politics and the Military, 1997-1999, Spring 2000]. I served as a private consultant in Indonesia 1977-87, and I traveled over much of the country. My language tutor was a guerilla against the Dutch and later a high official. I was a friend of Gen. and Mrs. Nasution, and I have a shelf of books about Indonesia, but I learned much about what has been happening in Indonesia from my reading today.
The writer is a former USAID official and a member of the governing board of this journal. ~Ed.
AFSA: FOREIGN AFFAIRS FUNDING CRISIS
August 11, 2000
As we pass the second anniversary of the east African embassy bombings and move into both the campaign and budget seasons, AFSA would like to ask once again for your help in alerting the public and our elected representatives to the growing crisis in foreign affairs funding. [See William C. Harrop's The Infrastructure of American Diplomacy elsewhere in this issue of the Journal. ~Ed.]
Marshall P. Adair
The writer is president of the American Foreign Service Association. ~Ed.
SAM HUNTINGTON'S VIEW OF THE COSMOS
July 4, 2000
I just finished reading Samuel P. Huntington's Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (1996). I was wondering what sort of reception Huntington's analysis of the new world order has received in subsequent years among the diplomatic community. Could you point me to any publications that provide a serious counterpoint to Huntington's views? Have the ideas presented in his work led to a general shift in the thinking of American foreign policy operatives?
I must confess I haven't read the book myself and so wouldn't presume to comment on how it's been received by others in the diplomatic community. Maybe it's time I did so! Meanwhile, let's put your letter in the "Letters from Readers" department and see whether our other readers have an opinion. ~Ed.
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