Case | HBS Case Collection | December 2010

Everything or Nothing: Martti Ahtisaari and the Aceh Negotiations (A)

by James K. Sebenius and Alex Green


In early 2005, Martti Ahtisaari planned negotiations to end the decades-long conflict between Acehnese insurgents and the Indonesian government that had claimed thousands of lives. The "modern" phase of the insurgency by the fighters from the Free Aceh Movement that sought independence from Indonesia had persisted for some 30 years, claiming tens of thousands dead, countless wounded and tortured, as well as economic damage estimated by the World Bank at over $11 billion. In a few short days, Ahtisaari, former Finnish President and longtime diplomat active in some of the world's nastiest trouble spots, would see if he and his team could help foster an elusive accord between the bitter, distrustful parties to the conflict.

Keywords: Government and Politics; Negotiation; Conflict and Resolution; Conflict Management; Indonesia;


Sebenius, James K., and Alex Green. "Everything or Nothing: Martti Ahtisaari and the Aceh Negotiations (A)." Harvard Business School Case 911-040, December 2010.