Confrontation, Strategy and War Termination: Britain's Conflict with Indonesia

1st Edition

Christopher Tuck

Routledge
Published February 18, 2013
Reference - 264 Pages
ISBN 9781409446309 - CAT# Y241058
Series: Military Strategy and Operational Art

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Summary

At the heart of this book is the problem of war termination. Britain won an almost unbroken string of tactical military victories during an undeclared war against the Republic of Indonesia in the 1960s, yet it proved difficult to translate this into strategic success. Using conflict termination theories, this book argues that British strategy during Confrontation was both exemplary and flawed, both of which need not be mutually exclusive. The British experience in Indonesia represents an illuminating case study of the difficulties associated with strategy and the successful termination of conflicts. The value of this book lies in two areas: as a contribution to the literature on British counter-insurgency operations and as a contribution to the debates on the problems of war termination in the context of strategic thought.

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