The Slovakian "Inspirasi" for Indonesian Nuclear Power: The "Success" of a Permanently Failing Organization

Richard Tanter

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    Abstract

    The Indonesian national nuclear power agency (BATAN) is a classic example of a permanently failing organization that survives due to external support and frequent announcements of imminent construction of a nuclear power plant (NPP). Between 2009 and 2013 BATAN claimed the Slovakian nuclear power industry as its mentoring partner and inspiration in building an NPP in Bangka-Belitung. BATAN failed to mention the scandal-ridden state of the now foreign- owned Slovakian nuclear industry, its catastrophic past, and its nonexistent construction capacity. The Slovakia/Bangka campaign, baseless though it was in reality, functioned as a kind of informational fog of fantasy that deflected attention from domestic critics of an Indonesian nuclear program.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)667-694
    Number of pages28
    JournalAsian Perspective
    Volume39
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

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