ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation Research (ASEAN-IPR) Research – Aceh Case: Peace Building and Post Tsunami Recovery

Proponent : Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia
Implementing Agency : Indonesian Representative to the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) Governing Council

Background

The humanitarian assistance for post tsunami recovery in Aceh in 2004 went beyond the physical reconstruction and significantly contributed to the resolution of a long-term conflict in the area. It created a window of opportunity for the lasting peace building process between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement (Gerakan Aceh Merdeka; GAM) in Aceh province in Indonesia.

However, there has been no documentation produced on this topic before, especially to study the role of post tsunami humanitarian actors in peace building at different levels and how they contribute to lasting peace in Aceh.

What is the project aiming for?

The project aims to share experience in peaceful dispute settlement mechanisms that entail dialogues and other peaceful means with ASEAN Member States, international agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). The project intends to conduct a research on the role of post tsunami humanitarian assistance in building peace through the following activities:

  • Conduct a seminar with 100 representatives from relevant ASEAN bodies, dialogue partners, academia, think tanks, and media to form a panel discussion and elicit inputs and feedbacks; and
  • Disseminate lessons learned, best practices, and policy recommendations through a publication and the ASEAN-IPR’s website.

We could all recall that ASEAN in 1967 was founded primarily to promote peace in Southeast Asia. And if we were to reflect on that objective laid out by ASEANs founding fathers, it becomes clear that promoting peace is not only about the absence of inter-state conflict or preventing such from erupting, it is equally about reconciliation, especially given the diversity among the peoples that comprise each ASEAN Member State, a diversity that at one point or another have generated friction among ASEAN peoples. It is therefore important for reconciliation among peoples to be promoted and pursued.

H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN 
Remarks of Secretary-General of ASEAN on 7th AURED V on Political Security Cooperation:
Focused Collaboration in Support of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation
3 December 2019

ASEAN-IPR Research – Aceh Case: Peace Building and Post Tsunami Recovery contributes to the ASEAN Political-Security Community Blueprint 2025, particularly Action Line B.4.4. Strengthen research activities on peace, conflict management and conflict resolution.

The project will be implemented for a period of one year from 2021 to 2022.

As of 31 August 2021