268. National Security Study Memorandum 611


  • The Secretary of State
  • The Secretary of Defense
  • The Director of Central Intelligence


  • Review of U.S. Policy Toward Indonesia

The President has directed a review of our policy toward Indonesia.

This study should assess U.S. interests, objectives and policy alternatives, and should include a discussion of the following issues:

  • —our general political approach toward Indonesia and her unaligned status
  • —possible internal political conflicts or insurgencies
  • —our economic and military assistance programs
  • —economic problems, including foreign investment
  • —Indonesia’s relations with Malaysia and Singapore and the interaction of our policies toward all three countries
  • —Indonesia’s relations with major countries such as Japan, Australia, the USSR and China
  • —the West Irian situation
  • —Indonesia’s role in Asian regional organizations.

The President has directed that the NSC Interdepartmental Group for East Asia undertake this study. The Chairman of the group may invite other agency representatives to participate as appropriate. The study should be submitted to the NSC Review Group by September 12, 1969.

Henry A. Kissinger
  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H-Files), Box H–154, NSSMs, NSSM 61. Confidential. A copy was sent to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.