Charles Darwin University alumnus and author, Dr Michelle Miller has her first book due for release later this year.
Entitled, Rebellion and Reform in Indonesia: Jakarta’s security and autonomy policies in Aceh, the book will be published by Routledge in October 2008.
Dr Miller, whose PhD from CDU focused on Jakarta’s security and autonomy policies in Aceh (2007), is already working on a new book about government response to insurgencies in Asia.
Since gaining her Doctorate, Dr Miller taught for three years in Deakin University's Master of International and Community Development Program and worked as a researcher for seven months at Deakin’s Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights before accepting a position in July last year at the Asia Research Institute (Singapore) as a postdoctoral fellow.
Her area of research interest is political science, with a geographical focus on Indonesia. While researching her first book, Dr Miller began considering the effects of autonomous decision-making by Asian governments and their ability to accommodate armed separatist movements when dealing with regional conflict.
Her research soon led to the idea of convening a workshop to explore the connection between various governments’ offers of autonomy and the growth or reduction of 11 armed separatist movements in seven southern and Southeast Asian states.
Her idea soon became a reality, and a workshop entitled, International workshop on autonomy and armed separatism in South and Southeast Asia, will be held later this month over two days in Singapore, from June 26 to 27, with an agreement for proceedings to be published as an edited volume with a leading academic publisher.
The workshop has provoked a great deal of interest, including from non-governmental organisations in the region.
In the meantime, Dr Miller continues investigating the political, economic and social impact of governments’ autonomy and security policies in Asia with the hope of contributing to the process of future policy-making through examination and explanation.
Pre-order copies of the book directly from Routledge or at Amazon.com: www.amazon.ca/Rebellion-Reform-Indonesia-Jakartas-Security/dp/0415454670. More information about the upcoming workshop can be found at: www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid+757