Reaching a Mutual Agreement: Readiness Theory and Coalition Building in the Aceh Peace Process

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The study presents an analysis of the conflict resolution process in the Aceh conflict between the Government of Indonesia (GoI) and the Free Aceh Movement (Gerekan Aceh Merdeka or GAM). Starting with unofficial efforts by the Indonesian side from mid-2003, which eventually led the parties to the negotiation table and to the signing of the MoU in August 2005, the peace process put an end to the 30-year conflict over the independence of Aceh. The peaceful resolution of the Aceh conflict will be examined using readiness theory, which posits the factors that lead parties to negotiate, and the theory's hypotheses will be applied to understand the factors that contribute to success in negotiating a peace agreement. The study also examines the Aceh peace process from the perspective of central coalition theory, which relates to the readiness of the actors in the internal political debate to negotiate and reach an agreement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-82
Number of pages26
JournalNegotiation and Conflict Management Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • Case studies
  • Conflict management style
  • Ethnic conflict
  • Negotiation

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Strategy and Management


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