Killing Atheists: The Army, Islam and the Indonesian Genocide

New York Southeast Asia Network and the NYU Wagner Office of International Programs

12:00pm - 1:30pm
October 24, 2017
12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Puck Building - 295 Lafayette Street, Lafayette Conference Room (Room 3066), 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10012

For fifty years the Indonesian state denied responsibility for the 1965-66 killings in Indonesia, which saw up to one million unarmed civilians murdered during the height of the Cold War. It is now possible to prove military agency behind the killings. This talk will present a case for why the 1965-66 killings can be understood as a case of genocide.

Dr. Jess Melvin’s book, “The Army and the Indonesian Genocide: Mechanics of Mass Murder,” will be published in December by Routledge. Melvin is a Rice Faculty Fellow in Southeast Asia Studies and Postdoctoral Associate in Genocide Studies at Yale University.

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Mechanics of Mass Murder