Tanham, George K.; Duncanson, Dennis J.
October 1969
Foreign Affairs;Oct69, Vol. 48 Issue 1, p113
This article focuses on the counterinsurgency dilemmas facing Southeast Asia in 1969. Counterinsurgency is a branch of defense and therefore inherently also a choice between evils. In Southeast Asia, the defense is against communist revolutionary warfare, and the choices present themselves to the governments of the region as a series of acute dilemmas, precisely because war and revolution are intertwined, yet may demand different solutions. The first of the dilemmas it poses is that if urgent steps are taken by the government to fill the political vacuum in the borderlands by providing officials who can promote the welfare of the people as well as enforce law and order, the communists can represent this response as a policy of oppression. The second dilemma arises when a government resolves the first and decides it must take action in rural areas. Defense of the state and the people in the face of a Marxist-Leninist bid for power necessitates new administrative undertakings. Another dilemma which receives considerable attention because of its ideological implications stems from a government's desire to obtain support while engaging in activities which may not be popular but may be necessary.


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