Who blinked? Britain and the Sunda Straits Crisis, 1964-66.
Toh, Boon Kwan.
Date of Issue2004
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Using newly released declassified government records from the British archives, this thesis revises the prevalent notion that Britain successfully deterred Indonesia from further escalation of hostilities during Confrontation due to its successful conduct of the Sunda Straits Crisis. It argues that it was Indonesia, not Britain, which was successful in deterring its opponent during the crisis.The factors for successful Indonesian deterrence during the Sunda Straits Crisis contradict the prevalent view on brinkmanship crises that statesmen should refrain from brinkmanship since they are unlikely to achieve their political goals at minimum costs to themselves. Brinkmanship, under the conditions detailed in this study, does pay off.
Nanyang Technological University