SOAS University of London

Vincent Bevins and Soe Tjen Marching discuss THE JAKARTA METHOD


Date: 13 August 2020Time: 11:00 PM

Finishes: 13 August 2020Time: 11:59 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Virtual Event

Hosted by Hachette Book Group


PublicAffairs and POWERHOUSE Arena present a conversation with Vincent Bevins and Soe Tjen Marching about THE JAKARTA METHOD: Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World.

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In 1965, the U.S. government helped the Indonesian military kill approximately one million innocent civilians. This was one of the most important turning points of the twentieth century, eliminating the largest communist party outside China and the Soviet Union and inspiring copycat terror programs in faraway countries like Brazil and Chile. But these events remain widely overlooked, precisely because the CIA’s secret interventions were so successful.In this bold and comprehensive new history, Vincent Bevins builds on his incisive reporting for the Washington Post, using recently declassified documents, archival research and eye-witness testimony collected across twelve countries to reveal a shocking legacy that spans the globe. For decades, it’s been believed that parts of the developing world passed peacefully into the U.S.-led capitalist system. The Jakarta Method demonstrates that the brutal extermination of unarmed leftists was a fundamental part of Washington’s final triumph in the Cold War.

Vincent Bevins is an award-winning journalist and correspondent. He covered Southeast Asia for the Washington Post, reporting from across the entire region and paying special attention to the legacy of the 1965 massacre in Indonesia. He previously served as the Brazil correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, also covering nearby parts of South America, and before that he worked for the Financial Times in London.

Among the other publications he has written for are the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, the New York Review of Books, Folha de S.Paulo, The New Republic, The New Inquiry, The Awl, The Baffler, and New York magazine. Vincent was born and raised in California and spent the last few years living in Jakarta.

Soe Tjen Marching is a writer, academic, activist, and an award winning composer of avant-garde music from Indonesia. Her most recent book is The End of Silence: Accounts of the 1965 Genocide in Indonesia (Amsterdam University Press). Her novel about the 1965 genocide in Indonesia will be published in September 2020.  She is now senior lector in Indonesian at SOAS University of London.

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