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The Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Law: A Serious Response to Acehnese Separatism?

Miller, MA (2004). The Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Law: A Serious Response to Acehnese Separatism?. Asian Ethnicity,5(3):333-352.

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Title The Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Law: A Serious Response to Acehnese Separatism?
Author Miller, MA
Journal Name Asian Ethnicity
Publication Date 2004
Volume Number 5
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1463-1369   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 333
End Page 352
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Carfax Publishing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The passing of Law No. 18 of 2001 on 'Special Autonomy for the Province of Aceh Special Region as the Province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam' signified a major development in the Indonesian government's strategy to resolve Aceh's protracted conflict. Ratified by President Megawati Sukarnoputri on 9 August 2001, the 'NAD law' conferred unprecedented authority to Aceh over its internal affairs. This paper evaluates the challenges that have been involved in implementing the three main tenets of the legislation -- aspects of Syari'ah (Islamic law), the return of Aceh's natural resource revenue and a provision to hold direct local elections. The paper argues that the Megawati administration's failure to redress Acehnese grievances through special autonomy largely stems from its suspicion of the NAD law itself, its greater reliance on militaristic measures than on political policies in Aceh, and pre-existing systemic factors such as Aceh's dysfunctional state infrastructure, corrupt political culture and war economy.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1463136042000259789   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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