6 February 2013

Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (KITLV), Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie (NIMH) and NIOD have decided to terminate the comprehensive research project on Dutch military violence in Indonesia (1945-1950). Main reason to do so was the decision of the Dutch government not to award the requested additional financial means. Foreign Affairs Minister F. Timmermans announced this decision during the budget debate of his department on 19 December.  He argued that in-depth talks clarified that Indonesia would not support this research, causing a lack of the desired international support. The three institutes regret this decision.

KNIL in Batavia

Decolonisation of the Dutch Indies obviously remains a focal point of the research agendas of the three institutes. Also they will continue the dialogue on this period with Indonesian historians. KITLV will initiate a research project to map out all knowledge sources and to identify new sources. NIMH will prolong its longstanding research on the military involvement in the Dutch Indies and aims to publish two handbooks on the Dutch overseas military presence in a few years' time. NIOD will keep the debate alive by regularly addressing these themes in research and public events.