1st Edition

The Promise of Reconciliation?
Examining Violent and Nonviolent Effects on Asian Conflicts

ISBN 9781412856973
Published March 30, 2016 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

The Promise of Reconciliation? explores the relationship between violence, nonviolence, and reconciliation in societal conflicts with questions such as: In what ways does violence impact the reconciliation process that necessarily follows a cessation of deadly conflict? Would an understanding of how conflict has been engaged, with violence or nonviolence, be conducive to how it could be prevented from sliding further into violence?

The contributors examine international influences on the peace/reconciliation process in Indonesia's Aceh conflict, as well as the role of Muslim religious scholars in promoting peace. They also examine the effect of violence in southern Thailand, where insurgent violence has provided "leverage" during the fighting, but negatively affects post-conflict objectives. The chapter on Sri Lanka shows that "successful" violence does not necessarily end conflict—Sri Lankan society today is more polarized than it was before its civil war. The Vietnam chapter argues that the rise of nonviolent protest in Vietnam reflects a profound loss of state legitimacy, which cannot be resolved with force, while another chapter on Thailand examines "Red Sunday," a Thai political movement engaged in nonviolent protest in the face of violent government suppression. The book ends with a look at Indonesian cities, sites of ethnic conflicts, as potential abodes of peace if violence can be curtailed.

Table of Contents

Greetings and Acknowledgements from the Editor-in-Chief and Director of the Toda Institute
by Olivier Urbain

by Chaiwat Satha-Anand

Introduction: The Promise of Reconciliation? Examining Violent and Nonviolent Effects on Asian Conflicts
by Chaiwat Satha-Anand

On Reconciliation

Justice and Reconciliation in Southeast Asia and Beyond
by Ehito Kimura

Reconciliation through Cooperation: The Case of Aceh
by Titik Firawati

Conflict and Nonviolence: Ulama in the Aceh Peace Process
by Asna Husin

On Violence

Seasons of Insurgency: The Promises and Curses of Violent Actions
by Chayanit Poonyarat

Violence, Nonviolence, and Ethnic Reconciliation in Post-War Sri Lanka
by S. I. Keethaponcalan

Rural Unrest and Collective Protests in Vietnam
by Nguyen Van Chinh

On Nonviolence

Playful Subversion: Red Sunday's Nonviolent Activism in Thailand's Post-2010 Crackdown
by Janjira Sombutpoonsiri

Cities of Peace, Cities of Violence: The Indonesian Experience
by Samsu Rizal Panggabean

Author Biographies

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