Reconfiguring politics: The Indonesia-Aceh peace process
Publication date: 
2008
Accord issue: 
20

Reconfiguring politics: the Indonesia-Aceh peace process, edited by Aguswandi and Judith Large, analyses developments leading to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) in August 2005, and how this agreement has been put into practice.

It examines ongoing and important challenges for Aceh’s future such as the successes, difficulties and controversies of 

  • translating the agreement into law
  • contesting elections
  • enabling reconstruction and reintegrating ex-combatants.

Written by people with first-hand experience of this process and from different political perspectives, the publication includes interviews with the mediator and negotiators. It also discusses crucial peacebuilding issues that often receive less attention such as:

  • women's roles
  • the impact of Shar'ia law
  • the consolidation of political parties.