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PacNet #7 – The Tsunami and Political Islam and Nationalism in Indonesia

It has been two months since the tsunami disaster in Aceh that claimed more than 150,000 lives and has left another 100,000 people unaccounted for. Many observers believe that this unfortunate incident may have “opened” Aceh and perhaps even Indonesia to the West. In fact, Aceh has been intermittently “closed” to international scrutiny and an international presence for the past 30 years as Acehnese secessionists battled Jakarta for an independent state.