People's War: Militias in East Timor and Indonesia

  title={People's War: Militias in East Timor and Indonesia},
  author={Geoffrey B. Robinson},
  journal={South East Asia Research},
  pages={271 - 318}
  • G. Robinson
  • Published 1 November 2001
  • Political Science
  • South East Asia Research
Much of what has been written about East Timor's militias has focused on their relationship with the armed forces, and on the latter's legal responsibility for the 1999 violence. This preoccupation with culpability, while important and understandable under the circumstances, has obscured the much deeper historical origins of the violence and the militias, and has diverted attention from the notable similarities between East Timor's militias and those in Indonesia itself. Indeed, it has meant… 

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