Understanding Insurgencies

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In the 1950s, Indonesia experienced a number of rebellions after independence from the Netherlands in 1949. Some rebels opted for a separate state; some aimed at changing government policies, while others were inexplicit about their objectives. It is particularly the latter two groups that have our attention asking ourselves what motivated them to rebel, how they mobilized and organized. These rebels were part of a larger phenomenon of newly established nation-states in Asia and Africa in the 1950s and 1960s: the difficulty to effectively govern and exercise the monopoly of violence after periods of war and revolution.
Period11 Jul 201912 Jul 2019
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • insurgency
  • counter-insurgency
  • Indonesia
  • monopoly of violence