ETYM Late Lat. confrontatio.
1. A bold challenge.
2. A hostile disagreement face-to-face; SYN. encounter, showdown.
3. The act of opposing groups confronting each other; SYN. opposition.
In SE Asian history, term for the policy adopted in Indonesia 1963–65 under president Sukarno of breaking up the new Federation of Malaysia by tactics of military and political destabilization. Australian prime minister Menzies announced military support for Malaysia, with resulting tension in Australia–Indonesia relations. This eased with Sukarno's loss of power to Suharto and the ending of the confrontation policy.