Conflict and Confrontation in South East Asia, 1961-1965: by Matthew Jones

By Matthew Jones

This interesting learn seems on the origins, outbreak and process the Indonesian-Malaysian war of words of 1963-1966, in the context of British and American regulations in South East Asia in the course of the Sixties as an entire. Matthew Jones makes use of new archival resources to throw clean mild on such matters as British Colonial coverage and the production of Malaysia, Anglo-American tensions over the disagreement itself, and the international relations of that very important, yet frequently ignored, overseas dispute.

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Record of 333rd mtg of NSC, 1 August 1957, NSC series, box 9, Ann Whitman File, Dwight D. Eisenhower Library. 30 The intentions behind backing the Outer Island leaders were notably confused. They included the hope that exerting general pressure on the government in Jakarta would induce it to take stronger measures against the PKI, the belief that the authority of Sukarno himself could be challenged from the regions, and the expectation that if Java should fall under Communist control a pro-Western fall-back position in the Outer Islands might be created.

Britain, the United States and South East Asia 25 for representatives to gather at Geneva for a full-scale international conference on Laos. Subsequent negotiations were tortuous, and dragged on into 1962, but from a British point of view it was better to be talking than fighting as the Dulles-era voices in Washington calling for military intervention were steadily muted. At the same time as the crisis situation in Laos began to ease, the British moved to demonstrate their full support for the Kennedy Administration’s efforts to counter the rapidly developing Communist insurgency in South Vietnam.

By July 1960, Selkirk was telling the Prime Minister that ‘colonial’ was such a hated word in South East Asia it should be removed from any office dealing with Singapore, and that Whitehall responsibility for the colony should be even transferred to the CRO. 56 Also fundamental to the problems of a major reorientation in British policy in the late 1950s was the SEATO obligation to provide for collective 54 55 56 Scott to Macmillan, 18 January 1959, and see R. P. Heppel minute for Foreign Office dissent, 23 March 1959 (original at D1051/9), PREM 11/3276.

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