RUSI NewsbriefVOLUME 25ISSUE 2members only

Indonesia – Making the Best of a Tragedy or a Cynical Manipulation of Events?

Events in Indonesia have shown signs of either a divided community being brought together by the tragedy or the government taking advantage of an unexpected opportunity to finally end the violent actions of GAM.

In the face of the overwhelming tragedy triggered by the Boxing Day tsunami it is difficult to find anything positive to come out of the events, but of course that has not stopped people trying. It is a natural human reaction to focus on even the slimmest chance that an event that has killed over a quarter of a million people could produce something good. Unfortunately, this desperation for good news could also cause us to overlook the possibility that it is not beyond the

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