Author Archives: Roel Frakking

About Roel Frakking

is a Ph.D. researcher at the European University Institute in Florence. He holds an M.A. in international relations in historical perspective from the University of Utrecht, where he graduated with distinction. His thesis dealt with the rise and fall of the Plantation Guard during the Indonesian War of Independence. His most recent publication, entitled “ ‘Who Wants to Cover Everything, Covers Nothing’: The Organization of Indigenous Security Forces in Indonesia, 1945-50,” was published in the Journal of Genocide Research in 2012. It analyzes how a multitude of Dutch-owned security forces precluded proper command and control in that context.

Beyond Sticks and Carrots: Local Agency in Counterinsurgency

The British Way in Counter-Insurgency, 1945–1967 David French, New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. x + 283 pp. Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgency Laleh Khalili, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013. xiii + 347 pp. Counterinsurgency—in theory and practice—has made a stunning comeback after its high point from the wars of liberation in the 1950s to the dying embers of the Iberian empires in the 1970s. While their wounds were still fresh, those episodes, whose most infamous cases include the wars of national Continue reading → Continue reading →