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By John Braithwaite, Valerie Braithwaite, Michael Cookson, Leah Dunn

Indonesia suffered an explosion of non secular violence, ethnic violence, separatist violence, terrorism, and violence by means of legal gangs, the protection forces and militias within the overdue Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s. by way of 2002 Indonesia had the worst terrorism challenge of any kingdom. these kinds of kinds of violence have now fallen dramatically. How used to be this finished? What drove the increase and the autumn of violence? Anomie idea is deployed to give an explanation for those advancements. unexpected institutional swap on the time of the Asian monetary situation and the autumn of President Suharto intended the foundations of the sport have been up for grabs. Valerie Braithwaite’s motivational postures concept is used to provide an explanation for the gaming of the principles and the disengagement from authority that happened in that period. finally resistance to Suharto laid a beginning for dedication to a revised, extra democratic, institutional order. The peacebuilding that happened used to be no longer according to the high-integrity truth-seeking and reconciliation that used to be the normative choice of those authors. particularly it used to be according to non-truth, occasionally lies, and but enormous reconciliation. This poses a problem to restorative justice theories of peacebuilding.

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Each of our cases also reveals quite idiosyncratic actors playing important roles in building peace. For example, in West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan, there were credit unions that had previously been vehicles for creating economic opportunities for disadvantaged Dayaks. Post-conflict, these credit unions started extending assistance to needy and displaced Madurese and they started employing Madurese for the first time. This was a tangible and helpful manifestation of reconciliation in these conflicts.

24 1. Healing a fractured transition to democracy it sensitises us to the possibility that a more general cause of displacement than a volcano—rising waters from global warming—could become a growing structural driver of new conflicts. ’s (2004) quantitative analysis of 4872 local conflicts across Indonesia, there was a general positive correlation between conflict and a village being impacted by a natural disaster (see more generally Wisner et al. 2004). On the other hand, Chapter 6 shows how the tsunami in Aceh was turned into an opportunity for peace— something sadly not the effect of the same tsunami in Sri Lanka.

This generates a considerable risk of a generation of alienated youth who lack commitment to anything much, with poor future prospects in the world of legitimate work. Such young people are receptive to scripts that justify illegitimate paths to ‘easy money’ by, for example, becoming fungible operatives of organised crime groups—thugs for hire, ganja dealers for hire—as many are doing in Aceh today. They are also vulnerable fodder for enrolment in any future insurgency on any side that will reward them well.

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