Reconfiguring politics: The Indonesia-Aceh peace process
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Barron explores links between peace, development, reconstruction, and economic rehabilitation in Aceh. The war grew in part out of poor local return from natural wealth. And conflict caused massive damage to houses, schools and health clinics, and to transport, water and electricity infrastructure. While the peace process has devolved economic resources to Aceh, failure to deliver prosperity would present a serious risk to success. Aceh has received significant assistance, both national and international. But the ability of development and reconstruction to consolidate peace has been limited by inequalities between tsunami-affected and conflict-affected areas, by uneven opportunities for different groups, and by a lack of capacity and weak strategy for transition.