Counterinsurgency as armed reform: The political history of the Malayan Emergency

  title={Counterinsurgency as armed reform: The political history of the Malayan Emergency},
  author={David H. Ucko},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Studies},
  pages={448 - 479}
  • David H. Ucko
  • Published 7 June 2019
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Strategic Studies
ABSTRACT Despite the emphasis in doctrine and academia that counterinsurgency is in its essence political, these operations are all too commonly discussed and approached as primarily military endeavors. Informed by the need to refocus counterinsurgency studies, this article revisits a foundational case of the canon – the Malayan Emergency – to discuss its political (i.e., not military) unfolding. The analysis distinguishes itself by emphasizing the diplomatic processes, negotiations, and deals… 
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