Emory International Law Review


Indonesia was once at the 'forefront of Asia's economic miracle.' Under President Suharto, Indonesia experienced 'impressive gains in overall economic growth.' However, poverty remained pervasive, and corruption had 'grown along with the economy.' In 1998, Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index ('CPI') ranked Indonesia as number eighty out of eighty-five countries, placing the nation as one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Economic distortions caused by public corruption in Indonesia were a major factor contributing to the Asian Financial Crisis of 1998, leading to massive riots and a 'total meltdown of governance.' This Comment evaluates the KPK's current strategy and determines that the agency's framework needs to be revised to improve Indonesia's possibility of successful corruption reform.