Southeast Asia; Indonesian politics; Democratization; State formation, failure and survival; Causes and consequences of decentralization; Domestic politics and regional security in Southeast Asia; Nuclear nonproliferation
Michael S. Malley joined the Department of National Security Affairs in December 2004. He teaches comparative politics, as well as courses on the domestic politics, political economy, and international relations of Southeast Asia. He speaks Indonesian fluently and has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in Indonesia since the late 1980s.
His research is focused on issues of state formation, state failure and survival, and regime change in Southeast Asia. He has particular expertise in the area of center-local relations, decentralization policy, and provincial politics in Indonesia. Recently, he has begun to examine the impact of domestic politics on regional security, paying special attention to the way Southeast Asian countries deal with nuclear energy.
He earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master's degree in Southeast Asian Studies from Cornell University, and a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. As part of these academic programs he also studied at the National University of Singapore and two Indonesian universities, Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta and IKIP in Malang.
Recent Publications on Democratization in Indonesia
2009. “Decentralization and Democratic Transition in Indonesia,” in Democratic Deficits: Addressing Challenges to Sustainability and Consolidation around the World, eds. Gary Bland and Cynthia J. Arnason. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. [pdf]
2008. “Democratization and the Challenge of Defense Reform in Indonesia,” in Global Politics of Defense Reform, ed. Thomas Bruneau and Harold Trinkunas. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
2007. “Inchoate Opposition, Divided Incumbents: Muddling toward Democracy in Indonesia, 1998-99,” in Interim Governments: Institutional Bridges to Peace and Democracy, ed. Karen Guttieri and Jessica Piombo. Washington, DC: U.S. Institute of Peace.
Recent Publications on Nuclear Energy and Regional Security in Southeast Asia
2009. “Nuclear Capabilities in Southeast Asia: Building a Preventive Proliferation Firewall,” (with Tanya Ogilvie-White), Nonproliferation Review 16, no. 1 (March).
2008. “Bypassing Regionalism? Domestic Politics and Nuclear Energy Security,” in Hard Choices: Security, Democracy, and Regionalism in Southeast Asia, ed. Donald K. Emmerson. Stanford: Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center.
2006. “Prospects for Nuclear Proliferation in Southeast Asia,” Nonproliferation Review 13, no. 3 (November).
Some Earlier Publications
2003. “New Rules, Old Structures, and the Limits of Democratic Decentralisation,” in Local Power and Politics in Indonesia: Decentralisation and Democratisation, ed. Edward Aspinall and Greg Fealy. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.
2003. “Indonesia: The Erosion of State Capacity,” in State Failure and State Weakness in a Time of Terror, ed. Robert I. Rotberg. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution.
2003. “Indonesia in 2002: The Rising Cost of Inaction,” Asian Survey 43, no. 1 (January/February).
2002. “Political Centralization and Social Conflict in Indonesia,” in Ethnic Conflict: Religion, Identity, and Politics, ed. Symeon Giannakos. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.
2002. “Indonesia in 2001: Restoring Stability in Jakarta,” Asian Survey 42, no. 1 (January/February).
2001. “Indonesia: Violence and Reform beyond Jakarta,” in Southeast Asian Affairs 2001, ed. Daljit Singh and Anthony Smith. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.
2001. “Class, Region, and Culture: The Sources of Social Conflict in Indonesia,” in Social Cohesion and Conflict Prevention in Asia: Managing Diversity through Development, ed. Nat J. Colletta and Teck Ghee Lim. Washington, DC: World Bank.
2000. “Beyond Democratic Elections: Indonesia Embarks on a Protracted Transition,” Democratization 7, no. 3 (Autumn).
1999. “Regions: Centralization and Resistance,” in Indonesia Beyond Suharto: Polity, Economy, Society, Transition, ed. Donald K. Emmerson. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe.