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Open Access Preserving the peace in post-New Order Minahasa

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Preserving the peace in post-New Order Minahasa

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This chapter examines the anatomy of peace in post-Suharto North Sulawesi, particularly Minahasa. Attention is paid to two spheres, civil society and the state, in which a combination of favourable institutions and prudent decisions has helped to prevent the kind of conflict that has occurred in some other parts of Indonesia, particularly in areas where there is a large Christian population, since the end of the New Order in 1998. Besides these political advantages and achievements, economic and demographic factors have also tended to favour the preservation of peace. The local economy has been a stabilizing influence in that it features a relatively equitable distribution of wealth, and proved resilient in the face of the international business crisis which struck in 1997. The clear demographic predominance of Christians within the province, and especially within Minahasa, has helped to moderate both Christian fears and Muslim ambitions in regional politics.

Keywords: Christian; civil society; civilized state; demographic factors; economic factors; Minahasa; Muslim; post-Suharto North Sulawesi; regional politics



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