Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World

Counterinsurgency Intelligence and the Emergency in Malaya

Authors: Arditti, Roger C.

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  • First book to examine the full range of counterinsurgency intelligence during the Malayan Emergency
  • Maps the breadth of the intelligence apparatus in existence at the start of the Emergency and how this developed and changed over time
  • Shows how intelligence strategies developed during the Emergency continue to remain at the heart of modern counterinsurgency doctrine
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This book examines the full range of counterinsurgency intelligence during the Malayan Emergency. It explores the involvement of the Security Service, the Joint Intelligence Committee (Far East), the Malayan Security Service, Special Branch and wider police service, and military intelligence, to examine how British and Malayan authorities tackled the insurgent challenge posed by the Malayan Communist Party. This study assesses the nature of the intelligence apparatus prior to the declaration of emergency in 1948 and considers how officials attempted to reconstruct the intelligence structures in the Far East after the surrender of the Japanese in 1945. These plans were largely based upon the legacy of the Second World War but quickly ran into difficultly because of ill-defined remits and personality clashes. Nevertheless, officials did provide prescient warning of the existential threat posed by the Malayan Communist Party from the earliest days of British reoccupation of Malaya. Once a state of emergency had been declared, officials struggled to find the right combination of methods, strategy and management structures to eliminate the threat posed by the Communist insurgents. This book argues that the development of an effective counterinsurgency intelligence strategy involved many more organisations than just Special Branch. It was a multifaceted, dynamic effort that took far longer and was more problematic than previous accounts suggest. The Emergency remains central to counterinsurgency theory and thus this wide-ranging analysis sheds crucial light not only on the period, but on contemporary doctrine and security practices today.

About the authors

Roger C. Arditti is a full-time police officer in London and an associate researcher at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. He previously studied at Brunel University London and Royal Holloway College, UK, and his primary research interests focus upon Britain’s post-war counter-insurgency campaigns and the role of intelligence.

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“This sophisticated book skilfully weaves the personal and the political to provide an impressively holistic account of intelligence during the Malayan Emergency. It successfully unravels the complex array of factors driving intelligence and demonstrates the lengthy, chaotic, process of reform.’’ (Rory Cormac, University of Nottingham, UK)

 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook 59,49 €
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Hardcover 74,89 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-16694-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Counterinsurgency Intelligence and the Emergency in Malaya
Authors
Series Title
Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-16695-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-16695-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-16694-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 254
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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