''The Greatest Success of British Diplomacy in East Asia in Recent Years"? British Diplomacy and the Ending of Confrontation, 1965-1966

Sue Thompson

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    Abstract

    Arthur de la Mare, an under-secretary of state at the British Foreign Office, wrote in 1967 that the ending of the Malaysia-Indonesia Confrontation of 1963-1966 was "the greatest success of British diplomacy in East Asia in recent years." However, historians generally believe British influence in the process to end this conflict was extremely limited, as it has been widely accepted that this conflict ended through bilateral negotiations between Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. On one level, this view is accurate, but "Confrontation" took months to end and, during this process, British, American, and Malaysian officials hoped to encourage a change in leadership in Jakarta and an eventual end to the conflict. Confrontation was an anti-colonial and a regional dispute greatly affected by the Cold War environment in Southeast Asia and, therefore, not immune from international events or actors, especially the final phase of the conflict.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)285-302
    JournalDiplomacy and Statecraft
    Volume25
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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