The Role and Mission of the Military in a Post-Colonial Developing Nation: A Study of the Malaysian Armed Forces, 1970-1983.
Final rept. Aug 1989-Jan 1991
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC
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This theses looks critically at the role and mission of the armed forces in developing, post-colonial nations in Southeast Asia, specifically, Malaysia. The argument is, essentially, that the military and other coercive institutions should be viewed not so much for their martial characteristics, but more for their social, political, and economic institution-building attributes. This notion has been argued previously, however, whenever Malaysias post- colonial development was discussed, the role of the military has been down played. This is attributable to the a political nature of the Malaysian Armed Forces. I argue, however, that there is a paradigm for development of these nations, Malaysia included, and that in this paradigm the military is not only prominant, but is essential for political stability, social mobility, and economic prosperity. Keywords Malaysia, Military forces foreign, Southeast Asia, Industrial development, Economics, Theses.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations