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Ten Years of Extraordinary Change in Indonesia

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CHANGES IN INDONESIA over the past ten years have affected the whole country to varying degrees and left almost no one untouched. Whether political, economic, social, or environmental, the changes have been rapid and unprecedented. Just ten years ago, Suharto and his military government were in power; the country had yet to experience the economic crisis of 1997–98, which brought considerable poverty and lowering of standards of living to tens of millions of people; relationships among members of different religions and ethnic groups were more harmonious; and, environmental concerns, though serious, were less obvious and pressing. The year 1997 also predated the great December 26, 2004, tsunami, recent major earthquakes, flooding, and other natural disasters.